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Most Americans would agree that no matter where you work or live, family comes first. And yet the United States is one of only two countries in the world without a federal paid leave law, leaving its citizens to struggle with the most basic expenses when their savings are not enough.
Zero Weeks delves into the lives of multiple individuals from varying socioeconomic backgrounds and their fraught situations which are not wholly unfamiliar to the average worker. From struggling single mothers who are initially knocked out of the workforce due to their pregnancy and then become the sole breadwinner in their household to developing families who are given insufficient time to care for their newborns to people who are just trying to care for their terminally ill or aging loved ones, the film highlights how the average American is just one medical crisis away from financial ruin.
Viewing the nationally debated topic from all angles -- emotional, medical, financial, and global -- the film lays out a compelling argument for guaranteed paid leave for every American worker.
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FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "All of my films are birthed from necessity. Following the birth of my daughter, I was faced with the experience of inadequate maternity leave, which left me in emotional and financial distress. That experience became a gateway for awareness that millions of men and women face the same situation every year. The paid leave crisis does not only affect new parents, but anyone who has struggled with a personal injury or life-threatening illness, or cared for a sick spouse or aging parent." -Ky Dickens
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