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Workers’ Rights Viewed Through a Nine-Month-Pregnant Woman’s Firing in ’37 Days’

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37 Days

Logline: When Maria, a young pregnant woman is fired, she goes on a birth strike. A short film about a dream set in Athens, Greece.

Elevator Pitch:
Maria works at a nail salon. She’s working off the books, without insurance or benefits. She’s also 9 months pregnant. One day, she’s fired. The same night, she has an unsettling dream. She wakes up certain: she won’t go into labor until she gets her job back. And so, Maria’s “birth strike” begins. The initial idea came from my dream. I saw that I was pregnant, I didn’t want to give birth, but it was time. It made me wonder: “What if someone could or thought they could control it?”

Production Team:

Cast: Maria: Elli Tringou
Director: Nikoleta Leousi
Writer: Nikoleta Leousi and Vangelis Serfas
Art Director: Loukia Chouliara
Cinematographer: Nikos Karanikolas

The previous film I directed, “Generator,” has screened at a number of festivals and was presented on Short of the Week.

About the Film:
I’m sure it’s a well-known fact that Greece ranks very low on protecting worker’s rights, collective agreements and job and income security. Female workers in particular are often exposed to unfair labor practices and a violation of the maternity leave and birth benefits. But behind all this, there is a story about believing and trying. That doesn’t mean that you will succeed, but all you can do is try. I want to portray a character that asks the question, “In today’s world, is it worth it to go ‘voluntarily insane’ for an idea? Or is it dangerous?”

Current Status: We’re in fundraising and pre production.

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