Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Zero Weeks


Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 86 minutes

Zero Weeks
Zero Weeks
Zero Weeks

Although New York and Washington, D.C. recently passed statewide paid family leave programs, they’re outliers because the U.S. has no federal paid leave policy. In fact, in 2016 only 14% of American private sector workers had access to paid family leave via their jobs. The sobering documentary ZERO WEEKS addresses this disparity from a variety of perspectives, all of which bolster the case for stronger legislation. Interviews with advocates, economists, lawmakers, and academics explain this complex topic in straightforward, informative ways. On the emotional side, the heartstrings-tugging stories of people who suffer because they lack proper protections are even more convincing. Kesha is a single mom who can’t afford to take time off work while receiving chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer. Brian is frustrated by his company’s lack of flexibility during his wife’s complicated pregnancy. And Jasmine struggles to make ends meet while on unpaid maternity leave. ZERO WEEKS is a persuasive film about the benefits of federal paid leave. —A.Z.

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ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition

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'Zero Weeks' Puts the Paid Leave Movement in the Spotlight


Ky Dickens

Ky Dickens was born and raised in Hinsdale, Illinois. In 2000 she graduated with majors in human and organizational development and sociology from Vanderbilt University. In 2013 Dickens received the Focus Award for Achievement in Directing from Women in Film for her feature “Sole Survivor.”

Fish Out of Water (2009), Sole Survivor (2013), Chicago. Ad Town (2016), ZERO WEEKS (2017)

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