The 8th

Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O’Boyle’s powerful and moving documentary charts a battle to change a polarising law in Ireland.

In 1983, the 8th amendment was passed by the Irish parliament, which gave the unborn an equal right to life as its mother. The fallout of its introduction proved tragic for many women and girls in the country and it has taken almost 40 years of campaigning to allow the Irish people to decide on the issue. The film follows both sides of the debate, but with particular emphasis in the women who fought against the law, such as the grassroots campaigners Ailbhe Smyth and Andrea Horan. As the director’s noted in their statement on the film: ‘Our goal was to document this defining moment in the context of Ireland’s historic treatment of women’.

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Runtime 94 Minutes
Release date 2021
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