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

Milwaukee Film Festival

April 24th & April 29th

London Irish Centre

May 5, 2022

The Team

Aideen Kane

Director / Producer

Lucy Kennedy

Director / Producer

Maeve O’Boyle

Director / Producer / Editor

Alan Maher


Made with the generous support of: