Midnight Family (2019)
Nominee for the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Best Documentary at the Calgary Underground Film Festival, this gripping documentary follows the lives of a family in Mexico City who operate a private ambulance in a country where the government-supplied emergency services don’t come close to serving the needs of the people.
In the midst of the healthcare crisis, the Ochoa family make their living by responding to emergencies, and, in most cases, are the difference between life and death for their clients. But not everyone they save can afford to pay them, and on top of the bribes they need to pay to keep the cops off their back, the Ochoas are struggling to earn enough to feed themselves.
Giving a glimpse of the dire state of healthcare in Mexico today, Midnight Family has been described as “one of the great contemporary films about the look and feel of a big city after dark” by RogerEbert.com and “a compassionate portrait of a working-class family and a frightening ride through a broken healthcare system” by TheWrap.
It’s now available to stream on DStv Now.
IMDB rating: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%