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When Women Won

dir. Anna Rodgers / Ireland / 2020 / 50 min. / Polish premiere

Section: ONLINE

Screenings: December 8-9, 2020


Director: Anna Rodgers

Cinematography: Eleanor Bowman

Editing: Omer O'Clery, Hugh Rodgers

Producers: Anna Rodgers, Zlata Filipovic, Hugh Rodgers

Production: Invisible Thread Films

World sales: Invisible Thread Films

Language: English


“When Women Won” tells the emotional inside story of the Together for Yes campaign to repeal the 8th amendment and change Irish society forever. In the aftermath of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, three Irish feminists joined forces and set about establishing a grassroots, women-led social movement. Working with teams in every county in Ireland, they ultimately delivered a landslide victory. Compelling and insightful, this documentary brings you back to the highs and lows of the tumultuous campaign, and captures the most seismic shift in Irish society in the past 35 years. 


Irish Film Festival Boston (Special Jury Prize), Sydney Women's International Film Festival (Best Feature Documentary), Vancouver Irish Film Festival, UNAFF International Documentary Film Festival



Anna Rodgers is an IFTA award winning Irish director and producer. Her films include “Somebody to Love”, a documentary about relationships and disability, and “Hold on Tight” which examines the social and personal impact of LGBT public displays of affection. “Hold on Tight” and her subsequent film “Novena”, about a gay and lesbian event at a Catholic church were nominated for the Iris Prize. Anna produced “Growing up Gay”, the first series about LGBT youth for Irish television and the IFTA nominated documentary “The Story of Yes” which captures the story of the marriage equality referendum. She is currently directing “How To Tell a Secret”, a feature documentary about HIV disclosure for the Arts Council with theatre and film director Shaun Dunne.


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