People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular ...
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People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular suicide destination in the world, and those drawn by its call. Steel and his crew filmed the bridge during daylight hours from two separate locations for all of 2004, recording most of the two dozen deaths in that year (and preventing several others). They also taped interviews with friends, families and witnesses, who recount in sorrowful detail stories of struggles with depression, substance abuse and mental illness. Raises questions about suicide, mental illness and civic responsibility as well as the filmmaker's relationship to his fraught and complicated material. Written by
The documentary caused significant controversy when Eric Steel revealed that he had tricked the Golden Gate Bridge committee into allowing him to film the bridge for months and had captured 23 suicides which took place during the filming phase of the project. In his permit application to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Steel said he intended "to capture the powerful, spectacular intersection of monument and nature that takes place every day at the Golden Gate Bridge." See more »
[after witnessing a suicide]
When I talked to the highway patrolman, I asked him "Is this a rare occurrence or does this happen a lot?" And he looked and me and he sort of smiled and he said, "It happens all the time."
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Living longer having had some experience with life, relationships, and people may lend itself partial explanation as to why the 45+ plus age group generally voted this film higher than the ones who voted with low scores. I'm 52 at viewing of this film and I voted it highly for its documentary information. Not just a film of those who have died there, but is a film of those friends and families left behind and showing their poignancy, humanity, their spirituality as a reflection moving on and living on. The film's interview with a survivor of a suicide attempt from the Golden Gate Bridge is a good addition to the quality of the film. An interesting hearing of what it is like to survive from such a high 200' fall, and the damaging affect from such a fall on the physical body.
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