The 8th

2020| 12A| 94 mins| /

Directors: Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O’Boyle
Starring: Ailbhe Smyth, Andrea Horan

Beautifully inspirational and uplifting, The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the 8th Amendment – a constitutional ban on abortion. This urgent documentary reveals the country’s transformation from a conservative state in thrall to the Catholic church to a more liberal secular society. 

Including voices from both sides of the debate, The 8th recognises the wide variety of opinion while focussing 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.

A vital 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.


This film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy

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