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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 at a time when reproductive rights are threatened around the world.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    01:34:53
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Ireland
  • Premiere
    California Premiere
  • Director
    Aideen Kane/ Lucy Kennedy/ Maeve O'Boyle
  • Producer
    Lucy Kennedy/Maeve O’Boyle/Aideen Kane
  • Executive Producer
    Abigail E. Disney/Amy Nauiokas/Jess Kwan/Gini Reticker/Lesley McKimm
  • Co-Producer
    Alan Maher
  • Cast
    Ailbhe Smyth/Andrea Horan
  • Cinematographer
    Matt Leigh/Michael O'Donovan/Laura McGann/Esme Pum McNamee/Aidan McGuire
  • Editor
    Jordan Montminy/Maeve O'Boyle