The 8th (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 34m

This film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy.

The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the 8th Amendment - a constitutional ban on abortion. It shows a country’s transformation from a conservative state in thrall to the Catholic church to a more liberal secular society.

The 8th includes voices from both sides of the debate, but its primary focus is on the dynamic female leaders of the pro-choice campaign. The film follows the veteran campaigner Ailbhe Smyth and self-described glitter-activist Andrea Horan as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots activism and engineer the impossible. This dramatic story is underscored by a vivid exploration of the wrenching failures that led to this defining moment in Irish history.

An urgent narrative, a cautionary tale and a roadmap for progressive reforms in a modern era where authoritarianism is on the rise, The 8th shows a country forging a new progressive path at a time when reproductive rights are threatened around the world.

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Director

Aideen Kane

Director

Lucy Kennedy

Director

Maeve O’Boyle

Language

English

Subtitles

English

Countries

Ireland, United States