The 8th

The 8th
dir. Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle/USA, Ireland/2020/99 min.
Gdynia Film Centre, sala Morskie Oko
Gdynia Film Centre, sala Warszawa

”The 8th” traces Irelands campaign to remove the 8th mendment – a constitutional ban on abortion. It shows a countrys 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 veteran pro-choice campaigner Ailbhe Smyth and self-described glitter-activist Andrea Horan as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots activism and engineer the 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 when reproductive rights are threatened all over the world.


  • projection time:
    99 min.
  • country/year:
    USA, Ireland /2020
  • director:
    Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle
  • pictures:
    Matt Leigh, Laura McGann, Esme Pum Macnamee, Michael O’Donovan, Aidan McGuire
  • production:
    Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle / Black Tabby Films
  • awards :
    2020 – Hot Docs, Toronto, 2020 – Göteborg IFF

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