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To make ends meet, people in the U.S. are working longer hours across multiple jobs. This modern reality of non-stop work has resulted in an unexpected phenomenon: the flourishing of 24-hour daycare centers. THROUGH THE NIGHT is a verité documentary that explores the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a childcare provider—whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center.


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 the U.S and the close bonds forged between parents, children, and caregivers.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    72 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Alberta
  • Director
    Loira Limbal
  • Producer
    Loira Limbal, Jameka Autry
  • Executive Producer
    Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, Chris White
  • Cinematographer
    Nausheen Dadabhoy, Mariam Dwedar, Naiti Gámez
  • Editor
    Malika Zouhali-Worrall
  • Music
    Osei Essed