The 8th

Available until June 6 - Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Program Category:Persister
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Aideen Kane
Maeve O'Boyle
Lucy Kennedy
Producer(s):Aideen Kane
Maeve O'Boyle
Lucy Kennedy
Alan Maher
Executive Producer(s):Lesley McKimm
Gini Reticker
Amy Nauiokas
Abigail Disney
Jess Kwan
Editor(s):Jordan Montminy
Maeve O'Boyle
Composer:Sarah Lynch


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Persister: Films by women, about women speaking up and being heard

The 8th traces the struggle in Ireland to overturn one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the world and shows a country’s transformation from a conservative state in thrall to the Catholic church to a more liberal secular society—a place where women’s voices are heard. It follows the dynamic female leaders of the pro-choice campaign as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots activism and engineer the impossible. The film includes interviews with the pro-life campaign who feel that their way of life is under siege. 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 all over the world.

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

Co-presented with Human Rights Watch Film Festival Toronto

Persister program presented in partnership with Oxfam Canada with the participation of the Government of Canada
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