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. An exception in this ethically fraught and cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. This dangerous job, however, is not a lucrative business. Their passengers often have neither insurance nor enough money to pay for their services, however necessary the medical intervention may be.
Midnight Family is a compassionate portrait of a working-class family and a frightening ride through a broken healthcare system that risks the lives of both patients and providers like the Ochoa family. 81 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
“A deft mix of big-picture doc-making and intimate moments... not to mention a wild—and remarkably eye-opening—ride.” – David Fear, ROLLING STONE.