Through the Night

Around-the-clock childcare centers are becoming the new normal in the U.S as parents work non-stop to provide for their families.

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Premiere Date
May 10, 2021
75 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
Diversity Development Fund
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    2021 duPont Awards-Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
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    2020 International Documentary Association (IDA)-Best Editing
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    2020 NAACP Image Award-Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)
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    2020 DOC NYC - New York Documentary Festival-Special Jury Recognition for Ethics of Care
  • filmmaker Loira Limbal

    Loira Limbal

    Loira Limbal (Director/Producer) is an Afro-Dominican filmmaker and DJ interested in the creation of art that is nuanced and revelatory for communities of color. She is the Senior Vice President of Programs at Firelight Media. Firelight is committed to making films about pivotal movements and moments in the U.S. Firelight's flagship program - the Show more Documentary Lab - is a fellowship that provides mentorship, funding, and industry access to emerging filmmakers of color. Limbal’s current film, Through the Night is a feature documentary about a 24 hour daycare center. Through the Night was part of the 2019 Sundance Edit & Story Lab and was selected for world premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Her first film, Estilo Hip Hop, was a co-production of ITVS and aired on PBS in 2009. Additionally, she co-produces and helms the popular Brooklyn monthly #APartyCalledRosiePerez. Limbal received a B.A. in History from Brown University and is a graduate of the Third World Newsreel's Film and Video Production Training Program. She is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a former Ford Foundation Justfilms/Rockwood Fellow. She lives in the Bronx with her two children.  Show less

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    Jameka Autry

    Jameka Autry (she/her) is an award-winning producer and director dedicated to artfully told documentary features, shorts, and series, centered around underrepresented communities and investigative storytelling.Her most recent feature documentary, Through The Night (dir. Loira Limbal) premiered at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and was Show more selected as a New York Times Critics Pick before airing on POV. Other producing work  includes Emmy-Award winning Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops (dir. Jenifer McShane) which received Grand Jury Prizes at SXSW and Boston International Film Festival before premiering on HBO. Jameka has also produced Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (HBO), In My Father's House (Showtime), Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (Sundance 2018), We The Animals (Netflix) and Love Gilda (CNN). Jameka is a 2020 Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellow. She was a recipient of the 2017 Impact Partners Documentary Producers Fellowship and selected for the inaugural DOC NYC ‘40 Under 40’ list. In 2019 she was awarded the Sundance/A&E Brave Storyteller Award, and received a post graduate fellowship at the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.Jameka is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and a graduate of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. She is a Mentor of SFFILM FilmHouse and sits on the board of Investigative Studios. Show less

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    The Film

    In New Rochelle, New York, a 24-hour daycare is a lifesaver for parents who work multiple jobs and odd hours to make ends meet. The film follows a mother who works the overnight shift at a hospital; another holding down three jobs to support her family; and a woman who for two decades has cared for children of parents with nowhere else to turn. Over the span of two years, across working holidays, seven day work weeks, and around-the-clock shifts, the film reveals the personal cost of rising wealth inequality in America and the close bonds forged between parents, children, and caregivers.