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Through the Night

Directed by Loira Limbal

USA | Documentary | 76

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Film Available to Stream

Thu, Dec 3 at 12:01 am – Sun, Dec 6 at 11:59 pm PST

Live Q&A

Sun, Dec 6 at 6:00 pm PST

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Director Loira Limbal is expected for the live Q&A on Sunday, December 6 at 6:30 pm PST.


Loira Limbal’s poignant, heart-wrenching documentary Through the Night shines a light on the urgent need for universal child care for working parents. Deloris “NuNu” and Patrick “PopPop” are the tireless proprietors of Dee’s Tots Daycare, a 24/7 daycare center in New Rochelle, New York. Filming over two years, Limbal intimately and compassionately reveals the struggles of the mothers who rely on NuNu and PopPop to provide food, love, comfort, and solace for their infants and young children while working long hours and juggling multiple jobs to make ends meet.

“A sympathetic depiction of ‘women’s work,’ in all its unsung dignity, it’s also a quietly damning portrait of a merciless economy’s effect on working-class mothers — particularly Black women and Latinas, who often must work taking care of other people’s children in order to feed their own. As Nunu puts it, ‘This is the way the world is set up at this point.’” —Sherry Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

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Director Loira Limbal

Loira Limbal currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Programs for Firelight Media. Limbal is an Afro-Latinx filmmaker and DJ interested in the creation of art that is nuanced, revelatory, and affirming for communities of color. In 2006, she founded The Reel X Project, a social justice and creative filmmaking space for young women of color in the Bronx. Her first film, Estilo Hip Hop, was a co-production of ITVS and aired on PBS in 2009. She is a Sundance Institute Time Warner fellow and a former Ford Foundation Justfilms/Rockwood fellow.

Film Details

Language English, Spanish

Year 2020

Runtime 76

Country USA

Director Loira Limbal

Producer Loira Limbal, Jameka Autry

Editor Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Cinematographer Naiti Gamez

Music Osei Essed