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

This triumphant documentary tells the story of Irish women and their fight to overturn one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the world, Ireland’s 1983 Eighth Amendment, in the 2018 referendum. 

 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 – in particular, veteran campaigner Ailbhe Smyth and self-described glitter-activist Andrea Horan – as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots activism, a radical shift in tactics after a 35-year struggle to try and bring an historically conservative electorate over the line. 

This dramatic story is underscored by a vivid exploration of the wrenching failures of the past that led to this defining moment, condensing decades of Irish history and delineating the patriarchal forces working to restrict a woman’s right to choose.

The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with activists Ailbhe Smyth and Andrea Horan. 

If you can't make it in person, here are your options to watch the virtual screening + Q&A:

Content Warning

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

MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund. Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here.