Midnight Family

2019 | Mexico, USA | NR | 81 min.


Bijou by the Bay Sat, Aug 3, 2019 9:00 PM
Central High School Auditorium Sun, Aug 4, 2019 12:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2019
Runtime:81 min.
Production Country:Mexico
Original Language:Spanish
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Luke Lorentzen
Produced by:Kellen Quinn
Daniela Alatorre
Elena Fortes
Cinematography:Luke Lorentzen
Editing By:Luke Lorentzen


Though a world-class metropolis of more than nine million residents, the Mexico City government operates only 45 emergency ambulances for the entire population. These wide gaps of service are filled in by ragtag unregistered ambulances like the one operated by the Ochoa family, who barely make a living providing emergency transport in hopes of being monetarily rewarded for their efforts. Even though a patient is delivered safely to a hospital, there’s no guarantee they will be paid for the service. And bribery from local police provides another impediment. Equal parts profound and thrilling, director Luke Lorentzen’s Sundance award-winning vérité documentary, filmed over 80 nights riding with the Ochoas as they respond to calls and race against rival EMT outfits to the scenes of accidents, provides a remarkable portrait of a family—and a city and society—at desperate odds, all trying to survive.