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Goal is to raise awareness of efforts of Paid Family Leave movement. Shows how U.S lags behind all other nations (along with Papua New Guinea only) in recognizing needs of families during times of illness, accident, childbirth, aiding close relatives in need. Strongly advocates for national, or at very least state-by-state, legislation.
Positive Role Models
Advocates of legislation are determined, resourceful, compassionate, well-educated on subject, continually challenge the status quo. Families, individuals whose needs are portrayed are hard-working, unselfish, have strong family values. Ethnically diverse.
One use of "f---ing," one "s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zero Weeks is a documentary about activists' efforts to enact paid family leave legislation on behalf of families in the United States. Revealing that the U.S. is one of only two countries that don't ensure that folks who need paid time off to take care of loved ones can do so, Ky Dickens has made a compelling, informative film to bring this concern to a broad audience. The movie provides intimate and emotional personal stories to enhance the message. Viewers can expect some poignant narratives in which jobholders from at-risk families are forced to return to work at great sacrifice to either themselves or their loved ones. They're faced with choosing between loss of income (which may mean homelessness or bankruptcy) and supplying valuable personal time for caregiving, healing, or forming significant family bonds. Dickens sees the issue as a matter of "family values." Mature themes, some sad moments, and one use each of "f--k" and "s--t" make this a film best suited for teens and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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