The 8th

Film screening and conversation with Ailbhe Smyth, Aideen Kane, Kavita Ramdas, Louise Melling, and moderator Maeve Higgins


$10—21 (inclusive of fees) 2 hours

Thu, Apr 20, 2023




Irish Arts Center 
726 11th Avenue 
Hell's Kitchen, NYC


By Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, and Maeve O’Boyle

The 8th traces Ireland’s 35-year struggle to dismantle the 8th Amendment—a constitutional ban on abortion. We hear from voices on both sides of the debate, but the film's primary focus is on the dynamic female leaders of the pro-choice campaign, following 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. This dramatic story is underscored by a vivid exploration of the wrenching failures that led to this defining moment in Irish history.

Following the screening, Ailbhe Smyth, Kavita Ramdas and Louise Melling will be in conversation with Maeve Higgins.

★★★★★ "Absolutely essential"—IRISH TIMES


Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland.

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