‘Body Team 12’ a short film about Ebola

April 23, 2015 § Leave a comment


Winner for Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival 2015!

Out of 3100 submissions, only 60 short films were chosen to show at this years Tribeca Film Festival. As per the program director, all of the shorts revolved around the theme that “home is where the heart is”.

Produced by Olivia Wilde, Bryn Mooser, and written and directed by, David Darg, “Body Team 12” tells the story of the people who don hazmat suits and dispose of contaminated, recently deceased patients during the height of the Ebola crisis in Monrovia, Liberia. The challenges the staff face while working under these stressful conditions, the reasons why they do what they do, and how people treat them once they find out what they do for a living, are all discussed in the 13 minute documentary, ‘Body Team 12’.

When the Ebola outbreak first began there were only 239 cases, three months later, the caseload grew to 14,342.


‘Body Team’ employees go to work at 5:30am and return home at 11pm-12 midnight. One of the women on the team explains that because women are strong, yet soft, she has to be strong for her country, and help to prevent the spread of the disease throughout Liberia, and worldwide.

The families of Ebola victims want closure. They want to give their recently deceased family members a proper burial, to have a gravesite to visit in order to pay their respects to them, however, because Ebola is so highly contagious, the bodies must be transported to a crematorium to be burned and disposed of straightaway. The body team must plead and try to convince the family members to allow them to take the bodies away from them without them even so much as going near their loved one to give them a final hug goodbye.


Article by Sharon Abella

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