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Midnight Family


In a city where the government operates only 45 emergency ambulances for a population of over nine million, the Ochoa family acts as a crucial – but unregistered – underground lifeline. But the job is riddled with police bribes and cutthroat competition. And even though the Ochoa family has a reputation for being trustworthy, they must reckon with the sudden escalation in bribes that could force them to wade into the ethically questionable practice of making money off of patients in dire straits.


  • “profound and thrilling cinéma vérité filmmaking“
    Roger Ebert
  • “A gripping doc... director Lorentzen generates intense empathy...”
    Nick Schlager, Variety
  • "In this outstanding documentary, a family of emergency medical workers struggles both to save lives and to make a living."
    Manohla Dargis, NY Times Critic's Pick

Festival Participation

  • Sundance - 2019
    U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography
  • CPH:DOX - 2019
    Special Jury Mention F:act Award

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