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The 8th is the triumphant story of how a group of women changed Ireland’s abortion laws through a historic referendum campaign in 2018, after a 35-year long struggle. Following worldwide screenings at over 20 festivals, Together Films will release Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O’Boyle’s
documentary in the UK on Friday 26 March, 2021.
While featuring voices from both sides of the debate, the film’s primary focus is on the dynamic female leaders of the pro-choice campaign. The film closely follows veteran pro-choice campaigner Ailbhe Smyth, co-director of the ‘Together for Yes’ campaign, and self-described glitter activist and co presenter of the podcast Don’t Stop Repealin’, Andrea Horan, as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots activism and engineer the near impossible. This dramatic story is underscored by a vivid exploration of the wrenching failures that led to this defining moment in Irish history.
Directors Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O’Boyle grew up in Ireland under the shadow of the Eighth Amendment. They witnessed the impact on women’s lives, notably in 1992 “the X case” — a 14-year-old rape victim who was refused permission to leave the country for an abortion — and in 2012 the death of Savita Halappanavar who died following an incomplete miscarriage.
In the directors’ own words: “When the government called a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, we knew this was one of the most important stories of our generation. Our goal was to document this defining moment in the context of Ireland’s historic treatment of women”.
Shot over a three-year period between 2017 and 2019 in Ireland, The 8th shows a country forging a new progressive path at a time when reproductive rights are threatened around the world.
Length: 94 minutes
Production: A Black Tabby Films production in association with Fork Films and Cowtown Pictures.
Shooting locations: Ireland
Directors: Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O’Boyle Editors: Jordan Montminy, Maeve O’Boyle Cinematography: Matt Leigh, Michael O’Donovan, Laura McGann, Esme Pum McNamee, Aidan McGuire
Original Score: Sarah Lynch
Graphic Design: Conor O’Boyle
Producers: Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O’Boyle, Aideen Kane, Alan Maher
Executive producers: Amy Nauiokas, Jess Kwan, Abigail E. Disney, Gini Reticker, Lesley McKimm
Funding/Support: This film was made with the support of Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland, A grant from Open Society
Foundation, Incentives for the Iris Film Industry
provided by the Government of Ireland, Fork Films,
Sabrina Merage Foundation, Ford Foundation /
JustFilms & Archer Gray.