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Zero Weeks (2017)

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What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? They're the only countries in the world without paid family leave. Most Americans agree that family comes first but in the ... See full summary »

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Ky Dickens

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Ky Dickens
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Kate Bolduan Kate Bolduan ... Herself (archive footage)
Cory Booker ... Himself (archive footage)
Ellen Bravo Ellen Bravo ... Herself
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Casey Bob Casey ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Anderson Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
Yanira Cruz Yanira Cruz ... Herself
Andrew Cuomo ... Himself (archive footage)
Rosa DeLauro Rosa DeLauro ... Herself
Ky Dickens ... Herself - Narrator
Law Dugger Law Dugger ... Himself
Kristin Finkbeiner Kristin Finkbeiner ... Herself
Al Franken ... Himself (archive footage)
Kirsten Gillibrand ... Herself
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What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? They're the only countries in the world without paid family leave. Most Americans agree that family comes first but in the richest country in the world, having a baby, a medical emergency or an aging parent can be a trigger into poverty. No matter where you work or what zip code you live in, you should be able to welcome a new child, care for an aging parent or tend to a cancer diagnosis without facing financial disaster. But because 78% of Americans say they live paycheck-to-paycheck, families are often forced to choose between taking time off to care for a loved one or to continue work to keep their job and health care. Nearly 1 in 4 mothers return to work within ten days of having a baby and 2/3 of the current workforce are providing care for an aging parent. Weaving powerful stories together with insightful interviews with leading policymakers, economists, researchers, and activists, ZERO WEEKS explores America's paid ... Written by Ky Dickens

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It's about time. See more »

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2 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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As a convservative, I value this film
21 November 2018 | by pdilleSee all my reviews

I've always been a conservative but was recommended that I watch this film due to preconceived notions that I had about paid leave. I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect and I certainly didn't think a film about paid family leave could be gripping. This documentary is one of those films that can serve as a wake up call. It is compelling and the subject stories are raw and vulnerable. The filmmaker breaks down what paid leave is and how America suffers by not having it via animation. I really appreciated that the film goes through great pains to lay out why small businesses should have paid leave - and whether or not it could sink them into debt. I have worked for years as a public librarian and I feel like this film should be mandatory viewing for any working American or business owners. I was pleasantly surprised and very much taken by this film 0 Weeks.


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