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This Sundance award-winning documentary chronicles the fight for American women’s reproductive rights. Focusing on front line clinics subject to TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers), which limit access to abortion, director Dawn Porter masterfully exposes real-world ramifications of this ideological battle. 2016, DCP, 90 minutes.

A discussion between Michael R. Drysdale of Dorsey & Whitney and Angelica Perez of Whole Woman’s Health’s EmpowerLine follows the screening. Moderated by Deirdre Haj.

Cinema of Urgency is programmed in partnership with Full Frame Documentary Festival.

About the Speakers

  • Michael R. Drysdale is Of Counsel at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, where he practices environmental and regulatory law. Drysdale has represented Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota on a pro bono basis in litigation against the State of South Dakota regarding abortion rights since 2005. He is also on the boards of directors for Planned Parenthood and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

  • Since 2010, Deirdre Haj has been the festival director of Full Frame, the nation’s largest documentary-only film festival, held in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to her Full Frame duties, Haj is vice president of the Film Festival Alliance and a sought-after panelist and jurist at universities, festivals, and conferences across the country.

  • Angelica Perez, a Minnesota transplant hailing from Texas, manages Whole Woman’s Health’s EmpowerLine, the national resource line for Whole Woman’s Health. Perez is also an organizer with Trust Project Minnesota, a reproductive justice collective for women of color. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in advocacy and political leadership from Metropolitan State University.