The 8th (12A)

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Part of: Cinema at Home

17 May – 30 June

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

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. 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.

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Upcoming free online Q&As

26 May at 7.30pm – Care and Compassion for Irish Women in Crisis: Celebrating the UK Support Networks
Hosted by Cara Sanquest, with volunteer manager Mara Clarke (Abortion Support Network), acclaimed author Ann Rossiter (Ireland’s Hidden Diaspora), barrister Caoilfhionn Gallagher, and Donagh Stenson (BPAS).
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27 May at 8.30pm – Activating with Joy & Throwing Glitter on an Issue
Andrea Horan (founder of the Hunreal Issues) will be joined by fashion designer Richard Malone, Dazed journalist Anna Cafolla, and fashion activist Taryn De Vere.
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1 June at 7.30pm – The Power of Protest: What We Can Learn From the Victorious Irish Abortion Campaign
A conversation with MP Jess Philips (Birmingham Yardley), Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters), and award-winning activist Ailbhe Smyth.
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3 June at 7.30pm – Global Reproductive Rights Activism: Building Solidarity
A conversation hosted by award-winning activist Ailbhe Smyth, discussing the building of solidarity in the fight for reproductive rights around the globe.
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Approx 94 mins

Content Guidance:

Abortion theme, Contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy, Infrequent strong language, References to sexual violence