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Trailer | Through The Night

Through the Night is a vérité 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 in New Rochelle, New York. Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival. A co-production of POV and ITVS in association with Black Public Media and Latino Public Broadcasting.

AIRED: May 10, 2021 | 0:02:20
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TRANSCRIPT

(music)

Come on, mama. Time to get up.

Come on.

Morning, baby.

Alright.

Noah, time to get up.

I've been doing this for 22 years.

I have all different types of families in my daycare.

I have some that comes in at 6 o'clock in the morning

that works until 8:30 at night.

I have some that comes from 8:30 to 12:30 at night.

I have some that comes in overnight.

I see a lot of parents come in and break down.

They don't want to do this.

But they need to work and take care of their family.

- See you later!

Alright, baby, have a good day. Be careful.

This is the way the world is set up at this point.

I never really thought of overnight childcare

'til I had to use it.

I've been working seven days for almost two months.

If I'm not working one job, I'm working another job.

- Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas.

- Love you guys very much.

It's not just a job.

This is really our life.

My children, ever since they was the age of 2 years old,

they had to share me with other children.

I remember my children saying,

"Mama, why do they have to come first?"

- Mommy!

As parents, you make sacrifices.

It's not their fault.

So, I just do what I can.

It's not easy, but you know,

eventually I'll sleep.

Do we love each other?

- Yeah.

I didn't hear you. Do we love each other?

- Yeah!

It's okay.

And you have to be careful.

If you continue to have numbness, you'll need surgery.

- Uh-oh.

This work is hard.

I don't want to stop doing what I'm doing

because I feel like if I lay down,

I'm so tired I might not get back up.


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