Among the 101 feature films and 60 shorts from 38 countries at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Ebola took center stage. Body Team 12, an emotionally-charged short documentary profiling an Ebola health worker in Liberia, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City Sunday, April 19, ultimately taking home the award for best documentary short film. The film, produced by Olivia Wilde with RYOT co-founders Bryn Mooser, David Darg and executive producer Paul G. Allen, presents a stirring picture of service and dedication in the face of devastating adversity.
Body Team 12 tells the story of Garmai Sumo, a healthcare worker in Monrovia, Liberia, who is the sole female member of a brave team tasked with removing the bodies of the deceased during the height of the Ebola epidemic. “We are working, picking up dead bodies on the street, at homes, and other places,” says Sumo in the documentary. “It’s not an easy task, sometimes we go and people don’t want you to take the body. They don’t want you because they want to bury their loved ones.”
At its core, the film hopes to illuminate the personal stories of Ebola health workers who are typically concealed underneath protective suits and goggles. “We made this film as a tribute to their bravery,” said Darg. “These are young Liberians that volunteer, risk everything to save their country, and ultimately, to save the world from this outbreak.”
Darg and co-producers Olivia Wilde and Bryn Mooser were recently featured on the Today show, discussing details of the film. “The great thing about these guys is that they find the human story within very complex, often devastating issues,” said Wilde of the filmmakers. “I’m just so proud to be a part of it. It’s such an important story to tell.”
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