The 8th x The Dukes

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
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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We are dedicated to a diverse and high quality programme, telling stories that are relevant, fun, heartwarming and electrifying.  The Dukes creates a sense of place that challenges, enthrals and excites our audiences, though live performance and great cinema in the heart of Lancaster.

Working with artists and communities, we stimulate opportunities for creative engagement as a creative hub, where people of all ages can discover their own creativity and be part of what makes our place great. The Dukes is a home for artists to create and connect; we reach out beyond our building into communities and new spaces, and through working with our partnerships, put culture and the arts at the heart of the Lancaster City region.

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