”The 8th” traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the 8th mendment – 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 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.
USA, Ireland /2020
Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle
Matt Leigh, Laura McGann, Esme Pum Macnamee, Michael O’Donovan, Aidan McGuire
Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle / Black Tabby Films
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