USA, Mexico 2019 | 81 minutes | Spanish | Hebrew, English subtitles
In Mexico City, where 45 public ambulances serve a population of over 9 million, the Ochoa family’s private ambulance is a vital rescue force, but it operates without a permit. The family has a network of police contacts, and for every emergency call sent their way, a 300 peso bribe is paid, while emergency treatment and transportation is valued at 3,800 pesos. But unlike their competitors, they will not abandon patients who cannot afford their service on the street. While police corruption soars, and competitors’ bribe rates increase, they must raise enough money to legalize the family business. Luke Lorentzen’s award-winning film, including the Grand Jury prize at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating documentaries of the year.