Body Team 12

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Shorts: Character Study
Old Town Playhouse Sun, Aug 2, 2015 12:00 PM
From national heroes to counterculture icons and all the eccentric personalities in between, this year’s documentary shorts program offers unique portraits from around the world. Despite using only a single camera setup, the brilliant “The Face of Ukraine” provides a cathartic examination of the effects of Ukraine’s recent conflict on the psyches of several young women and girls. In “Calls to Okies,” Ben Steinbauer (“Winnebago Man,” TCFF 2009) returns to the festival with a hilarious look at the legacy of an infamous underground prank caller. This year’s top doc award winner at Tribeca, the latest from TCFF alums Bryn Mooser and David Darg, looks at the Ebola epidemic in Liberia through the eyes of a courageous female body collector. And “Giovanni and the Water Ballet” is the charming story of a ten-year-old who wants to be the first boy to compete in the Dutch Synchronized Swimming Championships (and maybe flirt with girls in the pool while he’s at it).
Film Info
Section:Short Films
Release Year:2015
Runtime:13 min.
Type of Film:Short Documentary
Production Country:Liberia
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Garmai Sumo
Director:David Darg
Produced by:David Darg
Bryn Mooser
EP: Paul G. Allen
Co-EPs: Olivia Wilde & Carole Tomko
Associate Producers: Martha Rogers
Gareth Seltzer
& Bill Horan
Coordinating Producers: Jannat Gargi & Molly DeWolf Swenson
Production Assistant: Hayley Pappas
Screenwriter:David Darg


Body Team 12 is tasked with collecting the dead at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain, they emerge as heroes while the film explores their philosophy and strength.