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

Global Voices Film Festival, presented by
UN Women USA in San Francisco, CA

Virtual, Sep 13-18

Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival

In person, Sep 14-19

Imagine This Women’s Festival

September 24 – October 3rd

Morehouse College Human Rights
Film Festival in Atlanta, GA

Virtual, September 23-25

Women’s Film Festival San Diego, CA

1 special in person screening at the Museum of Photographic Arts, September 25

Social Justice Film Festival, Seattle, WA

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

The Team

Aideen Kane

Director / Producer

Lucy Kennedy

Director / Producer

Maeve O’Boyle

Director / Producer / Editor

Alan Maher


Made with the generous support of: