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wendy davis sxsw documentary filibusterThe Rollins Theater near downtown Austin was only about half full, but the boldface names inside were big enough for the event to feel important. It was the world premiere of Shouting Down Midnight, a documentary about then–state senator Wendy Davis’s historic 2013 filibuster of a bill that sought to ban abortions in Texas after twenty weeks. Davis, who achieved national fame for her protest and then ran for governor a year later, sat in the second row, next to director Gretchen Stoeltje, and in front of beloved homegrown director Richard Linklater (an executive producer of the documentary). At the front of the theater, former Austin mayor Kirk Watson, who’s running for the office again this year, took in the film. Greg Casar, a former…

The post Wendy Davis Lost Her Fight Against Abortion Restrictions. A New Documentary Pretends She Won. appeared first on Texas Monthly.

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