February 27, 2020 - 6:30 pm
In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million people—spawning an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification.
Director Luke Lorentzen’s documentary “Midnight Family” introduces an exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry: the Ochoa family, who struggle to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police pushes the family into greater hardship, they face increasing moral dilemmas even as they continue providing essential emergency medical services.
“‘Midnight Family’ is both a compassionate portrait of a working-class family and a frightening ride through a broken healthcare system that risks the lives of both patients and providers like the Ochoa family.” —The Wrap