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‘Midnight Family’ Doc Examines Prehosptial Provider in Mexico City

“Midnight Family” looks at a family-run ambulance service trying to make ends meat in Mexico City.
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A new documentary looks at how one family manages to eke out a living in Mexico City one ambulance patient at a time.

“Midnight Family” (now playing in select theaters) follows the Ochoa family and their daily struggle as a private ambulance service in a large city with crime, corruption and lacking prehospital providers.

“In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification,” according to the movie’s official synopsis.

“An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles 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.”

It’s the first feature film for documentarian Luke Lorentzen.

Watch the trailer below.