Screened at SXSW 2022, this documentary chronicles former Texas Senator Wendy Davis' fight against a proposed abortion law and shows its impact on a new generation of activists.
The Capitol is filled to capacity for the first time in its history, and people around the world are watching: In 2013, Democrat Wendy Davis railed for nearly eleven hours against a proposed Texas abortion law to defend Texas women's access to reproductive health care. Filibuster is the name of this tactic of fatigue speech to prevent a timely vote on a bill. Numerous women are supporting the Senator with their true stories.
The documentary SHOUTING DOWN MIDNIGHT tells the story of the women whose letters Senator Davis read during the filibuster, Senator Davis himself, and a young activist who chose her fate that day. Director Gretchen Stoeltje follows these women to understand how that day changed their lives and why the fight for reproductive freedom is more important than ever.