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Documentary MIDNIGHT FAMILY with Director Luke Lorentzen

February 12 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building - Map Link


In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification. An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police pushes the family into greater hardship, they face increasing moral dilemmas even as they continue providing essential emergency medical services.

Directed and produced by Stanford alumnus Luke Lorentzen ’15, Midnight Family has played to acclaim at more than 130 film festivals around the world. The film was shortlisted for the 2020 Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature, called “Outstanding” by the New York Times and has been recognized with awards including a Special Jury Award for Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

The film is presented at Stanford as part of Camera as Witness, a program of Stanford Arts whose SCALES OF JUSTICE film series brings screenings and discussions emphasizing the importance of justice through the art of documentary filmmaking.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with director/producer Luke Lorentzen moderated by Jamie Meltzer, Program Director of the M.F.A. Program in Documentary Film, Stanford University.


Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building - Map Link
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Camera as Witness - Stanford Arts, the Art & Art History Department and Stanford Film Society
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February 12, 2020, 7:00 pm
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