Director Luke Lorentzen’s “Midnight Family” opens with a startling statistic. In Mexico City, approximately 45 public ambulances serve a population of over nine million people.
Picking up the pieces are private ambulances, such as the one owned and operated by the Ochoa family, whom Lorentzen follows over several nights as they pick up patients from accident sites, provide immediate medical service, and drop them off at various hospitals.
Every element of this process is a negotiation, and Lorentzen captures a multitude of damning and haunting details.
Following the Ochoas, Lorentzen fashions a documentary that serves as a wrenchingly sobering portrait of a country’s wide-reaching health care crisis.
“Midnight Family” opens December 6 in select cities.
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