In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. As the Ochoas try to make a living in this fraught industry, they struggle to keep their dire finances from compromising the people in their care.

Directed by Luke Lorentzen
Produced by Kellen Quinn and Luke Lorentzen
Producers: Elena Fortes and Daniela Alatorre


Publicity: Jenna Martin, jmartin[at]
Sales: Autlook, Salma Abdalla, salma[at]


U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography, Sundance Film Festival
Premio Mezcal for Best Film, Guadalajara International Film Festival
Premio Mezcal for Best Director, Guadalajara International Film Festival
Premio Guerrero de la Prensa, Red de Prensa Mexicana de Cine
Special Jury Mention, F:act Award, CPH:DOX
Firebird Award for Best Documentary, Hong Kong International Film Festival
Cine Latino Documentary Audience Award, MSPIFF
Grand Prix, Kaliningrad Film Festival
Illumination and Vision Award, Calgary Underground Film Festival
Special Jury Prize for Cinematography, Montclair Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature, Cine Las Americas
TRT International Documentary Awards, Turkey, Third Place
Bravery Award, Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest, Grand Jury Award
Top Prize, International Competition, Underhill Fest, Montenegro
Grand Jury Prize, Gimli Film Festival
Best Mexican Documentary, Guanajuato International Film Festival
Best Documentary, In the Spirit of Freedom, Jerusalem Film Festival
Best Mexican Documentary, DOQUMENTA, Queretaro
Special Jury Mention, Monterrey International Film Festival


Sundance Film Festival, Park City, January 2019
Cartagena International Film Festival, March 2019
Guadalajara International Film Festival, March 2019
Ambulante Mexico, March-May 2019
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, March 2019
Hong Kong International Film Festival, March 2019
Lost Weekend, Winchester, VA, March 2019
New Directors/New Films, MoMA and Lincoln Center, March 2019
DocVille Belgium, Brussels, March 2019
Houston Latino Film Festival, March 2019
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, April 2019
Minneapolis International Film Festival, April 2019
Sarasota Film Festival, April 2019
ACT Human Rights Festival, Fort Collins, April 2019
San Francisco International Film Festival, April 2019
Night Visions, Helsinki, April 2019
Freep Film Festival, Detroit, April 2019
Dallas Film Festival, April 2019
DOC10, Chicago, April 2019
International Film Festival of Uruguay, April 2019
HotDocs, Toronto, April 2019
Calgary Underground Film Festival, April 2019
IFF Boston, April 2019
Riverside Saginaw Film Festival, Michigan, April 2019
TRT Documentary Days, Istanbul, April 2019
Kaliningrad Film Festival, April 2019
Cine Las Americas, Austin, May 2019
Montclair Film Festival, New Jersey, May 2019
EDOC, Quito, May 2019
Seattle Film Festival, May 2019
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, May 2019
Krakow Film Festival, June 2019
Greenwich Film Festival, June 2019
Transylvania International Film Festival, June 2019
Sydney Film Festival, June 2019
Nantucket Film Festival, June 2019
Sheffield Doc/Fest, United Kingdom, June 2019
Curitiba International Film Festival, June 2019
Underhill Fest, Podgorica, Montenegro, June 2019
AFI DOCS, Washington, D.C., June 2019
Biografilm, Bologna, June 2019
Shanghai Film Festival, June 2019
Rooftop Films, New York City, June 2019
LA Latino Film Festival, July 2019
Semana de Cine Contemporáneo, Aguascalientes, July 2019
Taormina Film Festival, July 2019
Taipei Film Festival, July 2019
Maine Film Festival, July 2019
Durban International Film Festival, July 2019
New Zealand International Film Festival, July 2019
Guanajuato International Film Festival, July 2019
Gimli Film Fest, July 2019
Jerusalem Film Festival, July 2019
Traverse City, July 2019
Revelation Perth International Film Festival, July
Full Frame Road Show Series, July
Lima Film Festival, August 2019
Sakhalin on the Edge, August 2019
Stronger than Fiction, Canberra, August 2019
Melbourne International Film Festival, August 2019
Doqumenta, Querétaro, August 2019
DokuFest, Kosovo, August 2019
Lighthouse International, New Jersey, August 2019
Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, August 2019
Monterrey International Film Festival, August 2019
Camden International Film Festival, September 2019
AFI Latin American Film Festival, September 2019
Message to the Man, St. Petersburg, September 2019


"Fantastically shot by the director Luke Lorentzen, the documentary develops an urgency that suits the life-or-death stakes onscreen. By turns terrifying and exhilarating, “Midnight Family” unfolds with such velocity that it may take a while for your ethical doubts to catch up to what’s happening. When they do, they leave you gasping."
– Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“Arguably the most exhilarating documentary to come out of Sundance this year, Midnight Family follows the Ochoa family—the gruff but compassionate Fer and his two underage sons, Juan and Josué—at intensely close range on these Sisyphean missions of mercy.“
– Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center

Included in the “10 Best Movies of Sundance 2019"
"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

"A gripping doc... Serving as his own cinematographer and editor, director Lorentzen generates intense empathy... The film achieves a powerful measure of suspense that’s intricately tied up in its despairing sociological depiction of a system that’s come apart at the seams."
– Nick Schager, Variety

Included in “35 Must-See Films” of Sundance
"We watch wholly involved as a Mexico City family business of private ambulance providers tries to balance genuine care with the need to earn a living."
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Included in “21 Must-See Movies” at Sundance
"An intimate verite documentary... the Ochoas emerge as fascinating embodiments of a country working overtime to correct its shortcomings and keep the lights on. This bracing U.S. competition documentary is poised to provide a personal window into the fast-paced mayhem of Mexico after dark."
– Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Profound and thrilling cinema verite filmmaking. The film is impeccably crafted by Luke Lorentzen… What matters most here is Lorentzen’s intuition—he knows during many stunning moments just where to put the camera in such close quarters, letting us observe as harrowing drama and cinematic poetry unfolds… 'Midnight Family' is extremely visceral in the best way.”
– Nick Allen, Roger