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The 8th x Sister Shack

Screening Tickets, Virtual

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 12:00 am
End Date: July 31, 2021 12:00 am


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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


Sister Shack is a feminist Black-led CIC that focuses on working with and promoting women and non-binary entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, musicians, and DJs. We also highlight and discuss issues faced by women and non-binary people and provide information and guidance.

We strongly believe in women and non-binary people’s rights and well-being. We aim to talk about and tackle any subject, from feminism, relationships, nutrition, boundaries, consent, and racism; nothing is off-limit. We aim to promote and empower women and non-binary people to continue their growth in any area they undertake, and we encourage women to take up as much space as possible.

We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne (North East of England).