The Bridge Documentary

Have you heard of the documentary The Bridge that is due out this friday? Erik and I watched a piece about it on 20/20 over the weekend and there really are no words for it. A lot of people are horrified by the making of this film but I see it as a good thing.

The filmaker Eric Steel got a permit to videotape the Golden Gate Bridge for a year saying he wanted to document the beauty of it. In reality he wanted to videotape the possible suicides given that more than 1,000 already took their lives by that bridge.

Over the year he shot 25 people who planned to kill themselves and 19 of them suceeded. He actually saved 6 of the people and one woman more than once. When the people died Steel interviewed the families of the deceased without informing them he had their death on tape.

In the end the families were glad he was making the film and he explained that he kept it quiet in order to not bring attention to what he was doing. He said he was afraid it would cause people try it themselves, I guess hoping to be caught on camera.

I don’t think suicide is understood enough and discussed enough. I think this movie brings to light something that needs to be discussed. I guess people have been fighting to add a “suicide fence” to the bridge and they are finally in talks about doing it.

In the long run I believe if someone wants to take their life they will find a way to do it but maybe if some of us understand it more it will be less of a mystery.  I think the mystery of it is a lot more tempting than the reality.

  1. Teri

    October 23, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    This post is perfectly creepy, just in time for Halloween!

  2. Tara

    October 23, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    I saw the 20/20 piece, too. I think if the filmmaker told people why he was there, they wouldn’t have let him film, of course. And apparently, people need to see this. I can’t believe there isn’t a fence or something to deter people. Then again, I can’t believe people would jump off a bridge. So painful.

  3. Joefish

    October 24, 2006 at 12:22 am

    That movie looks absolutely fascinating. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

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