Reviews and Festivals
"Relevant and essential to anyone interested in sociopolitical issues of this kind...Zero Weeks offers a good first contact with this financial situation for those inclined to understand, and possibly, act to change the current legislative and political situation surrounding paid family leave in the US."
— Anthropology Book Forum
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Presents a persuasive argument for paid family leave. Urgent yet optimistic in tone...Excellent in all technical details, Zero Weeks calls current family leave policy in the US into question in a compelling, intelligent way. This film deserves a place in every American public library, as well as in academic libraries supporting coursework in the social sciences, medicine, public health and public policy."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"A thought provoking documentary about a pressing social issue, this is recommended."
— Video Librarian
"Editor's Choice. Shows powerful vignettes interspersed with interviews of policy experts to illustrate the family leave crisis in the United States...The disconnect between the idea that family comes first in our country and the lack of support of families facing medical challenges is dramatically documented by the real stories of people welcoming a new baby into the family, supporting an elderly parent requiring care, and a worker dealing with a serious cancer diagnosis."
— Science Books and Films
"We'll never achieve equality for women if we don't solve the problem of valuing caregiving while making it possible to earn a paycheck. Zero Weeks, the first doc about America's paid family leave crisis"— Gloria Steinem
"Rarely do films come across our screens that tie in so nicely with the conversations happening in our communities. Zero Weeks
was a reminder of just how powerful the documentary form can be."
— Ben Fowlie, Executive Director of Camden International Film Fest
"Through powerful human stories, director Ky Dickens demonstrates the urgent need to address this vital issue."— DOC NYC
"Explores the economic and societal consequences resulting from America's lack of paid family leave, the benefits it would deliver to familes and businesses alike, and what politicians and leaders can do to guarantee American families something more."— Indiewire
is a persuasive film about the benefits of paid leave."— Cleveland International Film Fest
"A documentary about our nation's abysmal family leave policies...Follows young families who are struggling to care for family members -- new infants, sick spouses, aging parents -- with little to no paid time off."— Chicago Tribune
"The momentum behind the paid leave movement is undeniable. Activists all across the country have been fighting for policies at the state and national level; in just over a year, we've doubled the number of states (from 3 to 6) which passed paid leave. This film will be a powerful tool to create awareness and engagement."— Ellen Bravo, Co-Director of Family Values @ Work
is a stark and poignant look at the consequences of inaction on paid leave in the U.S. More than anything else though, Zero Weeks
wants you to feel outraged. And in the end, it begs the question: Why do lawmakers fight against policies that would benefit workers and their families, and boost the country's economy?"— RomperWINNER
Colorado International Film Festival, Best Editing
International Women's Film Festival, Best Documentary
Focus Award for "Achievement in Directing" from Women in Film,
Culture Champion Award from Family Values @ Work in partnership with Labor Project for Working FamiliesOFFICIAL SELECTION
Camden International Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Portland Film Festival
Green Mountain Film Festival
Flathead Lake International Cinemafest
Beloit International Film Festival
Chicago Feminist Film Fest
Loft Film Fest