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

Denver Film Festival 2020

Oct 22 – Nov 8th

Docs Ireland, Opening Night 2020

November 9th, 2020

Cork International Film Festival 2020

November 12-15

European Film Festival 2020

South African Premiere, November 12-22

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film 2020

November 18

The Team

Aideen Kane

Director / Producer

Lucy Kennedy

Director / Producer

Maeve O’Boyle

Director / Producer / Editor

Alan Maher


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