The 8th

The 8th 12

The story of Irish women and their fight to overturn one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the world. 

Directed by Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O’Boyle

Documentary | English | Runtime: 94 minutes | Cert: 12


The 8th traces Ireland's campaign to remove the 8th 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 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 at a time when reproductive rights are threatened around the world.

Content Warning: This film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Watch the film online and a share of the ticket fee will directly support Stamford Arts Centre.

Book Tickets

  • Mon 17 May -20 June

Tickets: £9.99 

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