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The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Adds Loira Limbal’s THROUGH THE NIGHT to Feature Lineup

September 22, 2020


Nina Yang Bongiovi, Diane Quon, and Diane Paragas are added to C3:CONVERSE lineup

September 22, 2020 – (Los Angeles, CA) The 36th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), presented by Visual Communications (VC), runs online from September 24 to October 31, 2020 and has announced the addition of THROUGH THE NIGHT to the feature film lineup.

THROUGH THE NIGHT, a documentary by Bronx-based Afro-Latina DJ, filmmaker, and film executive Loira Limbal, explores the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider, whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center. The film, which made its world premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, finds its way into the LAAPFF lineup as a special presentation that centers the tremendous value of domestic care workers, reveals the personal cost of rising wealth inequality in the U.S., and showcases the close bonds forged between parents, children, and caregivers — issues that are prevalent in many Asian American & Pacific Islander communities here in America.

“THROUGH THE NIGHT speaks to so many of us who perform care as family members and essential workers, especially for women of color,” said Francis Cullado, Executive Director of Visual Communications. “Limbal’s film shares a universal experience that transcends borders and nations, and fosters a humanized connection with each other. We hope audiences will watch the film and work to improve the lives of caregivers and working families.”

LAAPFF is also proud to add Meet the Makers: FIRST VOTE Live Online Event to the Festival lineup. With only a few months until the 2020 presidential election, LAAPFF joins WORLD Channel and Asian American Pacific Islander film festivals across the country to present a live screening of director Yi Chen’s film, FIRST VOTE. With unparalleled access to a diverse cross-section of politically engaged Chinese Americans, the character-driven documentary weaves stories from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms, exploring the intersection of immigration, voting rights, and racial justice. Moderated by Richard Lui, award-winning journalist and NBC/MSNBC news anchor, this #YourVote2020 conversation will be held on Monday, September 28 at 4pm PT/7pm ET. Panelists will include the film director Yi Chen, along with film subjects Kaiser Kuo and Jennifer Ho. The recorded community experts panel will include APIAVote Executive Director Christine Chen; Janelle S. Wong – Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Maryland; Jerry Vattamala – Democracy Program Director, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Chavi Koneru – Executive Director, North Carolina Asian Americans Together; and Elaine Tso – CEO, Asian Services in Action, Inc.

The #YourVote2020 film festival partners are: Asian American International Film Festival, Austin Asian American Film Festival, Boston Asian American Film Festival, CAAMFest, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Houston AAPI Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and San Diego Asian Film Festival. Register for this event at

Previous editions of C3:Conference for Creative Content aimed to create spaces to converge during the Festival. This year, the conference becomes C3:CONVERSE – a virtual space for creators to conversate and celebrate each other. Adding to an already robust C3:CONVERSE lineup, LAAPFF is proud to announce two unique conversations with powerful women who are changing the industry. In C3: Fireside with Diane Quon, producer Nina Yang Bongiovi (FRUITVALE STATION, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, GODFATHER OF HARLEM) will sit down with Academy Award-nominated producer Diane Quon (MINDING THE GAP) in a personal conversation that covers Quon’s career from her days at NBC, to Paramount Pictures, to Kartemquin Films, and more.

In C3: Fireside with Diane Paragas, filmmaker Diane Paragas (YELLOW ROSE) will sit down with Francis Cullado to look back on the success of YELLOW ROSE since its world premiere at the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and reflect on the road leading up to the film’s upcoming theatrical release.

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Visual Communications’ mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Founded in 1970 with the understanding that media and the arts are powerful forms of storytelling, Visual Communications creates cross cultural connections between peoples and generations.

The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! Join us on December 1, 2020 for PAST//FORWARD, a virtual presentation to celebrate VC’s past, present, and future by (re)connecting with people and communities who make great things happen. Learn more at

The 36th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), presented by Visual Communications, runs online from September 24 – October 31, 2020 and features an exciting lineup of productions by Asian American & Pacific Islander artists from across the globe. The largest festival of its kind in Southern California, LAAPFF is also a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for the Short Film Awards. For program and ticket information, please visit

Visual Communications is supported by:

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Aratani Foundation
California Arts Council
California Community Foundation
California Civil Liberties Public Education Program
Comcast NBCUniversal
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
J. Paul Getty Trust Foundation
Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
National Film Preservation Foundation
SAG-AFTRA Producers Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
National Endowment for the Arts
Sundance Institute

Alaska Airlines
Asian Pacific Community Fund
California Humanities
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Japanese American National Museum
Little Tokyo Service Center

Annenberg Foundation
California Wellness Foundation
City National Bank
Directors Guild of America
Friends of Linda Mabalot
IW Group
Kondo Wealth Advisors
MUFG Union Bank
National Geographic
Paramount Pictures
The Famous Group

Counsel for Creators
Flash Cuts
Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council
Japanese American Citizens League
L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run Committee, Inc.
Little Tokyo Community Council
Motion Picture Editors Guild
Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress
Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation
Pacific Islanders in Communications
UCLA Asian American Studies Center
Your Script Produced
Writers Guild of America West

Asian Pacific Filmmaker Experience
Cafe Dulce
E-Tech Rentals
Far Bar
Final Draft
First Street Cafe
Found Coffee
King’s Hawaiian
Passion Planner
The Great Company
The Park’s Finest
West One Music Group

Asian American Documentary Network (A-DOC)
Angry Asian Man
Character Media
David Magdael & Associates
Giant Robot
International Documentary Association (IDA)
Long Distance
Pacific Rim Video
Potluck Podcast
The Asian Highway
This Filipino American Life


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