University of North Dakota
The reflection paper on the document The Bridge has been the hardest assignment I have ever done. It took me up till Monday night to do this assignment. I would start the document and only get a few minutes in to it before I could not watch it any more. I was finally able to watch it with my fiancée Monday night while holding her hand and crying through the whole movie. I thought the Clothesline Project was one of the hardest I have ever done but compared to this this assignment the Clothesline Project was a walk in the park.
I never knew that the Golden Gate Bridge is the most popular suicide destination in the world. Now knowing this information, it is impossible for me to go and see the bridge. It would always be in the back of my mind that someone might be jumping off the bridge while I was there.
I was shocked when the first person at the beginning of the movie jumped off the bridge. The interview with the two young men who were kite boarding near the bridge and who rescued the jumper, stated what we all would probably say in the same situation; that how does one get to the lowest of the low? It was very hard for them to understand that a person would do such a thing but admitted to having seen the Coast Guard wearing Hazmat suits before and realizing that someone had jumped from the bridge and had not survived. It was disturbing to them having witnessed a death.
The most prolific of all the jumpers in the documentary is Gene Sprague. He is like a running commentary throughout the whole film, as he is interspersed in segments as he is walking up and down the Golden Gate Bridge. We are introduced to families of other jumpers and get to know a bit about their loved one who decided to jump off of the bridge but it is Gene who captures our attention. Dressed in black leather, with his long black hair flying in the wind, he stands out amongst the people and tourists...