Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The 8th

Year: 2020
Country: IRELAND, UNITED STATES
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

On Demand

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

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

Sidebars
Democracy's Heroes
Women of the World

Competitions
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director

Directors
Aideen Kane, Maeve O'Boyle, Lucy Kennedy

Producers
Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle, Alan Maher

Cinematography
Matt Leigh, Michael O'Donovan, Laura McGann, Esme Pum McNamee, Aidan McGuire

Editing
Jordan Montminy, Maeve O'Boyle

Film Contact

Community Partners

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

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