What does a city look like that has only 45 licensed abulances for nine million inhabitants? An entire network of thousands of self-proclaimed paramedics that mostly follow one goal in a city of corrupt police and rivaling businesses: reach accident scenes in wealthy districts first and take the injured to far-off private hospitals and receive high insurance payouts.
Midnight Family follows such an operation through it’s nightly battles in Mexico City: the family Ochoa,themselves driven by the need to secure their own survival. The documentary imparts the powerlessness of the Mexican city through its intricately choreographed action sequences and is defined by its absurdities. Street races among the ambulances are only one consequence of the shocking state of the system – whoever is there to help first gets payed.
25. April 2020
20:00 h, naxos.Kino im Theater Willy Praml
|Year||MEX/ USA 2019|
|Category||Internationales Programm Macht|
|Produktion||Luke Lorentzen, Kellen Quinn, Elena Fortes, Daniela Alatorre; production company: Hedgehog Films, Inc.|
Academy Award shortlist for Best Documentary
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography Sundance FF
[Trigger warning: blood]
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