2016 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short, Body Team 12 highlights the heroic and heartbreaking work of Garmai Sumo, a female Liberian Red Cross worker tasked with collecting the dead from homes and villages, and removing the bodies to halt transmission of the disease. In a tightrope act of high-risk filmmaking, director-journalist David Darg embedded with the Red Cross on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia, during the height of the outbreak. Darg’s poignant images recount the Ebola crisis through the story of Sumo, the sole female member of the body collection team, who reflects on the cultural and social upheavals caused by the disease, as well as her resolve to fight for her country’s future. Edited by Darg while he was in full quarantine for three weeks, the film was executive produced by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen as part of his commitment to combat the Ebola crisis in West Africa and co-executive produced by actor Olivia Wilde (HBO’s Vinyl).
HBO Documentary Films presents Body Team 12; directed by David Darg; produced by David Darg and Bryn Mooser; executive producer, Paul G. Allen; co-executive producers, Olivia Wilde and Carole Tomko.
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