Aug. 22

4:00 PM
Live on Facebook


Mothering and Laboring the Cinematic Revolution

Panelists: Loira Limbal, Natasha K Ngaiza, A-lan Holt, Roni Nicole Henderson-Day
Moderator: Dani McClain

Black motherhood is sacred. As working artists, Black mothers labor in ways that are both immediately life sustaining and also visionary. By centering the particular concerns of radical, mothering filmmakers, this conversation explores how care work is intricately connected to cultural work and asks how we continue to claim art as revolutionary for and from the masses while addressing the material concerns and conditions of working class people. The fight to raise free Black children is ever present. These panelists offer insights and dreams from their personal, political, and artistic experiences nurturing, protecting and freeing their kin.

This panel is free and open to the public. It will stream live with closed captioning on August 22nd from this web page as well as our Facebook Live channel.

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Dani McClain


Dani McClain reports on race and reproductive health. She is a contributing writer at The Nation and a fellow with Type Media Center. McClain’s writing has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, TIME, The Atlantic, Colorlines and In 2018, she received a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Her work has been recognized by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. McClain was a staff reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has worked as a strategist with organizations including Color of Change and Drug Policy Alliance. McClain’s book, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood, was published in 2019 by Bold Type Books.


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 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.


Natasha K Ngaiza


Natasha Ngaiza received her MFA in Film from Temple University in 2012, the same time she began her journey into motherhood. Her short narrative films have screened at various international festivals and art venues and all center Black mothers as their protagonists . Natasha’s experiences raising three multiracial daughters have strengthened her interest in race and identity and have informed her work as a filmmaker. She currently teaches film at Middlebury College and is in early pre-production for her feature film project about bananas, set in her family’s ancestral home in Northwest Tanzania.


A-lan Holt

Filmmaker, Director Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University

A-lan Holt is the Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. There she trains the student community in the areas of diversity and culture; arts leadership and social justice. She is a mother and practicing artist whose work includes theater, poetry and film. She is a Blackstar Film Festival alumni filmmaker, a 2018 Sundance Fellow, a 2018 SF Film Rainin Grantee, and a frequent contributor on-air at KQED Arts. A-lan has over ten years of experience considering questions of identity, diversity, culture and aesthetics and holds a degree with honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University. In 2016 A-lan’s artist book Moonwork was published by Candor Arts Chicago and was shortlisted for the Cornish Family Prize at the Melbourne Art Book Fair. Since its release, Moonwork resides in several private and public institutions around the country.


Roni Nicole Henderson-Day


Roni Nicole Henderson-Day is a Columbia, SC-based photographer and filmmaker. She earned her MFA in Film and Television at Savannah College of Art and Design and was the recipient of the A. Gregory Peeler Fellowship for Graduate Study. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and film festivals across the country and internationally including Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University, the Museum of Contemporary Art-Georgia, The National Black Arts Festival, Indie Grits, Blackstar Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Africa in the Picture, the Columbia Museum of Art and many more. She has published work in the 2018 release, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora and in 2017 she self-published a memoir entitled Of Grace and Moons: The Making of Grace. Last year, Roni was an Indie Grits Lab Filmmaker-in-Residence and a recipient of a South Carolina Film Commission Indie Grant, which funded her latest short narrative film, “And the People Could Fly.”