2018 | Spanish | Mexico/USA
Mexico City has fewer than 45 government-run ambulances to serve a population of 9 million people. The void is filled by an ecosystem of private ambulances and EMTs. Documentarian Luke Lorentzen follows one of these private ambulances, run by the Ochoa family—a dad and his two teenage sons. As corrupt police officers demand higher bribes, the Ochoas are faced with some tough and morally muddled decisions about whether or not to make money off the people in their care. Lorentzen’s superb cinema verité film MIDNIGHT FAMILY is a powerful indictment of a fractured, dehumanizing, and corrupt healthcare system.
• Presented in participation with Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island.