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Luke Lorentzen
MX US 2019    58' 81'
⚬ Human Interest ⚬ Society 


In a city where the government operates only 45 emergency ambulances for a population of over nine million, the Ochoa family acts as a crucial - but unregistered - underground lifeline. But the job is riddled with police bribes and cutthroat competition. And even though the Ochoa family has a reputation for being trustworthy, they must reckon with the sudden escalation in bribes that could force them to wade into the ethically questionable practice of making money off of patients in dire straits.




Luke Lorentzen


Kellen Quinn, Luke Lorentzen, Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes

Production Company

Hedgehog Films

Co-Production Company

No Ficción


Luke Lorentzen


Luke Lorentzen


Los Shajatos


Matías Barberis


U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography

Sundance 2019

Best Mexican Film & Best Director

FICG Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara 2019

Firebird Award for Best Documentary

Hong Kong IFF 2019

Special Jury Mention F:act Award

CPH:DOX 2019

Fiction.Doc Grand Prix

Kaliningrad FF 2019

Grand Jury Award

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019

Dandelion Main Prize International Selection

Underhill Fest 2019

Best Mexican Documentary Feature Film

Guanajuato International Film Festival 2019

Grand Jury Prize

Gimli Film Festival 2019

Best Mexican Film

Doqumenta IFF 2019

Special Jury Mention

Monterrey IFF 2019

The Golden Centaur Grand Prix Prize for the Best Film

Message 2 Man IFF 2019

Winner Documentaire Extraordinaire

Bergen International Film Festival 2019

Golden Frog for Best Documentary Feature

Camerimage 2019

Doc:South Award

Films from the South 2019

Cine Latino Documentary Audience Award


Special Jury Prize for Cinematography

Montclair Film Festival 2019

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

Cine Las Americas 2019

Bravery Award

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival 2019

Best Documentary, In the Spirit of Freedom

Jerusalem Film Festival 2019

FIPRESCI Rellumes Award for Best Director

Gijon Film Festival 2019

Best Editing

IDA Award 2019


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Sundance 2019

CPH:DOX 2019

New Directors/New Films 2019

Guadalajara FF 2019

Hong Kong IFF 2019

Cartagena FF 2019

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019

San Fransisco FF 2019

Hot Docs 2019

Sydney FF 2019

Krakow FF 2019

Shanghai IFF 2019

Biografilm 2019

Durban IFF 2019

El Gouna FF 2019

Bergen IFF 2019

Zürich FF 2019

Message 2 Man 2019

Jio Mami Mumbai IFF 2019

Viennale 2019

Camerimage 2019

IDFA 2019

Stockholm IFF 2019

DOK.fest München 2020


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Film Details

Runtimes 58' 81'
Spoken Languages Spanish
Production Countries Mexico, USA
Resolution 4K


Born in 1993, Luke Lorentzen is a recent graduate from Stanford University's department of Art and Art History, where he studied Art History and Film Studies. His film, SANTA CRUZ DEL ISLOTE (2014) – a short documentary about a small and densely populated fishing community in Colombia – has won awards at over ten international film festivals including the San Francisco International, Full Frame Documentary, Camden International, and Chicago International. His first feature documentary, NEW YORK CUTS (2015), explores six hair salons in disparate cultural enclaves of New York City. The film had its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and its US Premiere at the Camden International Film Festival. Luke is also part of the creative team behind the Netflix documentary series, LAST CHANCE U (seasons one through four). His work explores elements of everyday life, often through rigorous formal means, questioning and experimenting with the ways in which non-fiction stories are told. Originally from Connecticut, Luke now lives on the road, most recently working on projects in Kansas, Mexico City and Italy.


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