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.
The Barbican’s three cinemas include the 280 seat Cinema 1 and our two 153 seat screens in the Barbican’s cinema building on Beech Street (opened in autumn 2012).