Thursday 27 October 2016

'Witches or women, these are our bodies' - Leading Irish women in powerful Repeal the Eighth film

Geraldine Gittens

Published 16/09/2016 | 14:06

Charlene McKenna in the film
Charlene McKenna in the film "We Face This Land”.

Some 80 Irish leading women have come together to appear in a powerful new ‘Repeal the Eighth’ campaign.

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The campaign takes the form of a new short film "We Face This Land”, which features Love/Hate actress Aoibhinn McGinnity, Raw actress Charlene McKenna, and Senator Lynn Ruane and her daughter Jordanne Jones.

The women read lines of a poem by Sarah Maria Griffin, which drives home the message to repeal the eighth.

Director Dave Tynan said: “I felt the key to it was a group of women speaking the lines. Women have often suffered alone in this country; they speak in unison in the film.”

Repeal Project organiser Anna Cosgrave said the film aims to raise awareness about the need to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

"When an all-male team approached me, showing such passion for the ProChoice movement and willing to volunteer resources I was absolutely blown away."

"Their vision twinned with Sarah Maria Griffin’s poem really articulates so well why change needs to happen and my voice couldn't travel as far as this piece will,” she said.

Repeal Project is an outerwear project to give a voice to a hidden problem, raising awareness about the need to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

The sweatshirts “act as statements of solidarity for the 11 women that leave our shores daily to access abortion,” Anna says.

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