Midnight Family trailer: A tense journey into the heart of Mexico City's private ambulance industry
It's taken over a year for director Luke Lorentzen's highly-acclaimed documentary, Midnight Family, to reach the UK, after impressing at Sundance where it was a Grand Jury Prize nominee. It's a tense and involving documentary detailing one family's struggle to survive via the private ambulance service they provide in Mexico City. As you can see in the synopsis below this is a much needed service as the government provides less than 45 emergency ambulances for over 9 million people. But it's a cut-throat business which requires a lot of hard work and not the greatest of financial rewards in return. Watch the trailer for Midnight Family above.
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. With striking vérité camerawork, Midnight Family drops viewers directly into this frenetic emergency ecosystem, where the Ochoa family run their ambulance service. While making a living in this cutthroat industry, the Ochoas 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 arrives in select UK cinemas on February 21.