The 8th (2020)

  • Documentary, Irish Film, Captioned
  • 1h 34m

On the third anniversary of the historic electoral victory, 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 film includes voices from both sides of the debate, but its primary focus is on the dynamic leaders of the pro-choice campaign - veteran campaigner Ailbhe Smyth and self-described glitter-activist Andrea Horan - as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots activism. The trio of directors bring considerable documentary and journalistic craft to this dramatic story which considers past failures and recent successes (such as 2015’s Marriage Equality Act), and the evolution of a truly progressive society.

Director

Aideen Kane

Director

Lucy Kennedy

Director

Maeve O'Boyle

Producer

Aideen Kane

Producer

Lucy Kennedy

Producer

Maeve O'Boyle

Producer

Alan Maher

Language

English

Subtitles

English

Country

Ireland

Bonus Content

Q&A with Ailbhe Smyth, Andrea Horan, Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O'Boyle
33m

Q&A with activists Ailbhe Smyth and Andrea Horan, and The 8th directors Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O’Boyle, hosted by Aoife Barry, Assistant News Editor/News Journalist at TheJournal.ie.

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