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Zero Weeks

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Inspiring docu advocates for legislation to help families.

Movie NR 2018 87 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

A riveting look into a national crisis

This is a great film for families. I never realized the impact paid leave can have on kids recovering from an illness or injury - or a parent who might have a surgery or accident. I always associated it with parental leave and maternity leave. I watched the film with my 14-year-old daughter and she was glued to the screen - it was a reality call regarding how hard it is for parents to juggle life, work, family. I don't think my kids have truly understood how difficult things can be and it was an eye opener for me and my wife and my daughter.

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Is It Any Good?

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Ky Dickens clearly intends to make audiences aware of the devastating, often heartbreaking choices people must make as she presents her case for U.S. paid family leave legislation. In Zero Weeks, Dickens clearly explains the issue, focusing on what is needed and how it can be accomplished. The people she films -- from young couples wanting to spend time as a family after the birth of a child to a struggling single mom with stage 4 breast cancer forced to integrate work with chemotherapy and radiation, all while taking care of her little girl -- have provided Dickens with compelling arguments in favor of such legislation.

As it is now, because of the failure of our federal government to come to the table, several states have taken it upon themselves to provide for their citizens. Progress is being made, state by state, because of ordinary folks and committed activists like Ellen Bravo, who has devoted decades on behalf of families. Zero Weeks should be a vibrant asset to the cause.

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