The 8th tells the story of the Irish women and their fight to overturn one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the world. After a 35- year struggle the pro-choice side radically shift tactics to try to bring an historically conservative electorate over the line.
The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the Eighth 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 (@ailbhes) and self-described glitter activist Andrea Horan (@AndreaHoran) as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots activism and engineer the near 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.
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We believe in challenging the status quo in film, and strive to seek out the female perspective in cinema.
We believe in honouring the past, celebrating the present and empowering the future of the female gaze in film, and have been working in this field since 2003, when we started life as a film festival showing films by women from around the world to London and UK audiences (founded by Pinny Grylls and Rachel Millward, which ran until 2014). Our new iteration and mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women – RECLAIM THE FRAME – was established in 2017 and is backed by lottery funds from the British Film Institute and private donors and invests in the UK releases of films written and directed by women.