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The 8th (12)

25 May - 22 June

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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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.

  • Directors Aideen Kane, Maeve O'Boyle, Lucy Kennedy
  • Cast Ailbhe Smyth, Andrea Horan
  • Country Ireland, United States
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Running Time 1h34m
  • Certificate 12
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