Loira Limbal

Documentary Filmmaker
Headshot of a woman.

Photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien

In Through the Night documentary filmmaker Loira Limbal looks at a home-based 24-hour day care center run by Deloris and Patrick Hogan. Deloris, known to all as Nunu, is at the heart of this film as she steps up to give working mothers—primarily women of color—the flexibility they need as they work multiple jobs and/or night shifts. Filmed over a two-year period, it becomes clear as we see the Hogans teach, feed, guide and love these children that Nunu provides not just child-care but a critical social safety net for mothers working long hours to keep their families afloat. Limbal, herself a single mom of two, also introduces us to two of the mothers: Marisol who works three part-time jobs to provide for her family, and Shanona a pediatric ER nurse whose shifts typically run 14 hours. Through the Night is an inditement of the current childcare system in which mothers are forced to make impossible choices and an affirmation of the ingenious ways people come together to support one another in the face of systemic challenges. It is a remarkable film, and Loira is a passionate advocate for the women who make do against all odds while observing a system that doesn’t work for them. Loira talks about her determination to make Through the Night, the women she met during filming, her own journey as a filmmaker, the challenges of making the film as a mother of two with a full-time job and bringing out a documentary during the pandemic.