Midnight Family


TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Thu, Apr 25, 2019 6:15 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Fri, Apr 26, 2019 3:30 PM
Hart House Theatre Sun, May 5, 2019 8:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Mexico
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Health & Healthcare
Labour & Working People
Latin America
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Luke Lorentzen
Producer(s):Kellen Quinn
Luke Lorentzen
Elena Fortes
Daniela Alatorre
Editor(s):Luke Lorentzen
Paloma López Carrillo
Cinematography:Luke Lorentzen
Composer:Los Shajatos
Sound:Matías Barberis


With a population of close to nine million, Mexico City has only 45 state-funded ambulances to serve in emergencies. Meet the Ochoa family, who, like many, run a for-profit ambulance service to meet the public's needs when the state falls short. They spend their sleepless nights scanning police radios and competing to be the first responder to emergency calls in the city's wealthiest neighbourhoods. But it's not all altruistic. This is, after all, a quasi-legal business—bills must be paid, police must be bribed—and the Ochoas often find themselves in complicated moral dilemmas, forced to barter with patients in an attempt to balance their books with their own ethical standard of care. Midnight Family is an immersive, white-knuckle ride through the shocking failures of a broken health care system. Heather Haynes

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

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