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

Féile 2021, Ireland

1 in-person screening, August 11th

Defy Film Festival, East Nashville, TN

In person screenings, August 20-21

Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Poland

Festival in cinemas Sep 3 – 12, online Sep 16 – Oct 3

Skyline Indie Film Fest, Winchester, VA

Virtual, Sep 9-12

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

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: