“The final act had me in floods of tears… This documentary was terrific, very powerful and very very moving. I encourage everybody to see it”
Mark Kermode Kermode & Mayo, BBC
The 8th tells the story of Irish women and their fight to overturn one of the most restrictive laws on abortion in the world - the 8th Amendment. After a 35-year struggle the pro-choice side have to radically shift tactics to try and bring this historically conservative electorate over the line.
This feature length documentary 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 when reproductive rights are threatened all over the world.