Body Team 12

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Body Team 12
Body Team 12 poster.png
Film poster
Directed byDavid Darg
Produced byDavid Darg
Bryn Mooser
Executive producers
Olivia Wilde
Paul Allen
Carole Tomko
Written byDavid Darg
CinematographyDavid Darg
Edited byDavid Darg
Distributed byHBO
Release date
April 19, 2015
Running time
13 minutes
CountryUnited States

Body Team 12 is a 2015 short-documentary film about the Red Cross workers of Liberia who collected dead bodies during the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The story is told by Garmai Sumo, a female worker who served as a nurse during the epidemic. It is directed by David Darg and produced by Darg and Bryn Mooser, while Olivia Wilde and Paul Allen of Vulcan Productions are executive producers.[1]

The documentary was well received by critics and earned widespread critical acclaim. It won the Best Documentary Short award at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Body Team 12 is nominated for the Documentary Short Subject category at the 88th Academy Awards.[2]


Garmai Sumo is the only female member of Body Team 12, a group of medical professionals who handle the bodies of the victims of Ebola in Liberia. The film focuses on Sumo's perspective of the crisis in her country.[citation needed]


The film won a Best Documentary award at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The jury explained, "The winning film is a spiritual and inspiring story of personal courage and commitment. The filmmaking team takes us on a fearless journey that restores our faith in humanity and inspires viewers to be optimistic despite facing the most extreme challenges."[3]



  1. ^ Gregg Kilday (April 4, 2015). "David Darg's film looks at Red Cross workers in Liberia during the height of the Ebola outbreak". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "2016 Oscar Nominees". Archived from the original on 2013-01-10.
  3. ^ "Unsung Heroes: Inside Ebola Film 'Body Team 12'". CBN News. April 4, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.

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