Midnight Family

(Midnight Family)

The desperate lack of state ambulances in Mexico City has opened the door for private individuals to provide their own emergency transport for patients. When saving lives they find themselves on the fringes of the law and existential distress.

Mexico City's more than nine million inhabitants are served by less than 45 official ambulances. Every night, Fernando Ochoa and his sons set out on the busy streets of the city with their own ambulance to offer first aid to the hospital for all those in need. Their work is filled with tense waiting and dramatic chases through the city centre, in which they race with competitors, the police or precious time. This stunning documentary by a 27-year-old director offers a probe into a dysfunctional healthcare system. But it is primarily a portrait of a family of modern good Samaritans surviving in a grey zone of the economy, a family whose members, despite a constant lack of money, look out for each other.

Czech premiere

About the film

Director: Luke Lorentzen
Mexico
2019 | 80 min.

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Category

Diagnosis

Director

Luke Lorentzen

Filmography
2019 - Midnight Family
2015 - New York Cuts
2014 - Santa Cruz del Islote

Luke Lorentzen

Sales

Stephanie Fuchs

Autlook Filmsales
e-mail: stephanie@autlookfilms.com

Screenings

08. 03. 15:00 Municipal Library - Large Hall
DiscussionLukáš Perutka, Dept. of North American Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague
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11. 03. 18:00 Svetozor - Large Hall
DiscussionKryštof Kozák, Dept. of North American Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague
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13. 03. 22:00 Atlas - Small Hall
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