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‘Repeal’ – A Short Film

Backed by the Abortion Rights Campaign, “Repeal” is a new Irish short film which will have an official released on Friday April 6th…

Written and directed by Karl Callan, “Repeal” is the story of three women and the difficulties they encounter in the face of abortion laws in Ireland.

The narratives within the film are all based on real life testimonies from people who have been directly affected by the 8th amendment.

Callan was inspired to make this film by cases such as Savita Halappanavar and the “Y- case” and his goal is to shine a light on what is happening every day in Ireland as a result of the current law .It is his hope that those who are currently undecided may feel inclined to vote Yes after seeing the film.

'Repeal' - A Short Film

“I researched the stories, spoke with women I know that had been through similar situations. I also spoke to medical professionals and learned of the difficulties they go through as a result of the restrictions put on them. I wanted to be sure that the film was as realistic as possible” Karl Callan

The film had its preview screening to a full house in the IFI on Easter Saturday preceded by a talk from Ailbhe Smyth, women’s rights activist and founder of Together4Yes, Deirdre Wadding and Brid Smith of People Before Profit and Linda Kavanagh of Abortion Rights Campaign.

Ailbhe Smyth on Repeal Short Film “Its really hard to make a film. Its really, really hard to make a really good powerful film”



Watch The Film: 

The film was produced by Karl Callan and Sofia Bwcka and includes a cast of Irish actors and filmmakers involved in Ireland’s thriving film scene notably Maureen O’Connell (writer/director of Proclaim! Award-winning short film) and Lynette Callaghan (Raw, The Clinic)


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