The 8th (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 35m

Followed by Q + A with directors Lucy Kennedy & Maeve O’Boyle and contributors Ailbhe Smyth & Andrea Horan.

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.

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Ailbhe Smyth, Andrea Horan


Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle


Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O’Boyle, Alan Maher


Matt Leigh, Laura McGann, Esme Macnamee, Michael O’Donovan


Jordan Montminy, Maeve O'Boyle

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