The 8th

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmThe 8th

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DirectorAideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle
CountryUSA, Ireland
Running Time1HR 34MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Including voices from both sides of the debate, with primary focus on the dynamic female leaders of the pro-choice campaign, The 8th traces the campaign to remove Ireland's 8th Amendment – a constitutional ban on abortion.

Following 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, The 8th is a dramatic story underscored by a vivid exploration of the wrenching failures that led to a 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.

"Informative and engaging...a powerful testament to the years of work done by activists to make Irish society better." - Emma Keyes, Film Ireland

Watch in the cinema or at home! The option is yours. The 8th will also be available to rent on QFT Player from Tuesday 25 May. Subtitles are available.

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

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