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The 8th x Oban Phoenix

Screening Tickets, Virtual (Cinema Site)

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.

Start Date: May 17, 2021
End Date: July 31, 2021

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About The Film

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. 

About the Screening Host

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A small town on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland, Oban has always had a love of cinema.
At the turn of the 21st century ‘The Highland Theatre’ was situated at the top of George Street, and had served the town well for many decades. However, in 2010 it sadly closed its doors for the last time, and the people of Oban were suddenly confronted with having to drive for 100 miles to reach the nearest cinema!
A small group of dedicated local individuals worked hard to remedy this situation, and community support was huge. The idea arose to collectively buy the old cinema building, which, with the help of generous donations from local and interested parties, was managed, and work began to raise funds to get the cinema open as a community enterprise.
In August 2012 Oban Phoenix Cinema opened its doors as a fully independent community-owned cinema, and a registered charity. Since then we have not only managed to stay open but to thrive, and today we screen an eclectic mix of film including but not limited to arthouse, big blockbuster movies and live streamed theatre.