A story of grassroots activism engineering change

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 when reproductive rights are threatened all over the world.

The 8th Screenings

Bristol Radical Film Festival

In person screening at Trinity Centre, Bristol 23rd – 24th October 2021

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

8th October – October 17th

Social Justice Film Festival, Seattle, WA

Virtual with some in-person screenings, October 7-16

Topaz Film Festival by Women In Film Dallas

October 18-24

Peachtree International Film Festival

October 21-23

The Team

Aideen Kane

Director / Producer

Lucy Kennedy

Director / Producer

Maeve O’Boyle

Director / Producer / Editor

Alan Maher


Made with the generous support of: