CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

The 8th

Year: 2020
Language: English
Run Time: 94 minutes

The 8th
The 8th
The 8th
The 8th

In 1983 the people of Ireland voted to add an Eighth Amendment to the constitution, giving the unborn an equal right to life as the mother; essentially a constitutional ban on abortion. This amendment has led to a bitter and divisive debate in one of the most deeply Catholic countries on the planet. Women’s rights advocates have gone head-to-head with the conservative church for decades to overturn the amendment. However, the Eighth Amendment didn’t happen in a vacuum. Ireland has a dark and sordid history regarding its mistreatment of unwed mothers dealing with unplanned pregnancies. At the forefront of the fight for women’s reproductive rights is Ailbhe Smyth, a veteran activist in her 70s who will stop at nothing to overturn the Eighth Amendment, and rallies a passionate group of women behind her to take to the streets. A powerful documentary about one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, THE 8TH clearly demonstrates the formidable force of a group of women coming together to fight for their rights. — G.S.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Democracy's Heroes
Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


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