The Bridge is a documentary about the most popular place for suicides in the world – the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Written by Tad Friend and directed by Eric Steel, the documentary tries to explain the struggles of people who choose to end their lives by jumping off the Bridge. It is a one and a half hour long film filled not only with footage of people jumping to their deaths, but also interviews with their friends, families and eye witnesses all pieced together to understand what draws so many people to the Golden Gate Bridge and end their lives there.
The Golden Gate Bridge tops the list of world’s most popular suicide sites with huge margin before the first runner up – Aokigahara Forest in Japan. It’s location some 75 meters (245 feet) above the water of San Francisco Bay means that jumpers are hitting the surface while travelling at the speeds of around 120 km/h (75 mph). Vast majority – as many as 98% – die upon impact. The few who survive the impact usually drown or die of hypothermia. A few are known to have survived the fall.
What’s really interesting is that many suicide jumpers travel long distances to get to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide specifically at that site. Some rent cars, drive to the bridge and jump. Others take a bus and then catch a cab ride from the bus station to the site.
Check out the full feature Golden Gate Bridge documentary below: