THE NARROW BRIDGE
from conflict to understanding
from trauma to hope
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THE NARROW BRIDGE is a searching journey into the souls of four people who, after searing pain, develop strengths they never had before. We watch with wonder as Bushra, Rami, Meytal and Bassam, Palestinian and Israeli women and men who lost a child or parent in the conflict, transform their grief into a bridge for reconciliation.
The film follows their paths from devastating trauma to courageous activism. But their stories are not just personal. They all belong to a controversial grassroots movement of broken-hearted people, ‘Israeli Palestinian Bereaved Families,’ who stand side-by-side to end the conflict and build a future based on dignity and equality. Despite fierce political and family opposition, they don’t give up. We see Leonard Cohen, visibly moved as he dedicates a song to them ‘a radical, unique and holy response to human suffering,’ and renowned author David Grossman speak at their trailblazing Memorial ceremony.
Bushra, Rami, Meytal and Bassam all wish they could turn back time to before tragedy struck, but they would never change who they have become. Charting an inspiring journey of the human spirit, THE NARROW BRIDGE lights a way to personal and social change.
Four courageous people
Whose father was axed to death in his garden.
'I want to give my children a future in this place, a future of coexistence. I want to give them hope, not as a slogan, but as a real thing.'
Whose daughter was shot dead as she shared sweets with her sister.
'This is how to use your pain and your own tragedy to build a bridge between people, to honor my daughter.'
Whose daughter was blown up as she was getting books for the new school year.
'Our strength derives from our intolerable pain, which has the power of nuclear energy. You can use this power in revenge or you can use it to create hope and connection.'
Whose teenage son was shot and killed just outside his home.
'I'm here on the path to peace. Our tears are the same tears, our pain the same pain.'
How the film was born
Director Esther Takac has been consulting as a child and adult trauma psychologist with Palestinians and Israelis in a Jerusalem hospital regularly over the last nine years, and working on the film since 2017. She met and filmed with Rami, Bushra, Meytal and Bassam many times, developing a collaborative and trusting relationship with them, and with the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families organisation.
Rami, Bushra, Meytal and Bassam are compelling individuals; articulate, passionate and frank. They have all experienced enormous conflict in their lives and want to speak out despite fierce opposition. Each of them has travelled a hero’s journey with a transformation that is startling and complex, making for a powerful film.
As we follow these four people through aching pain, internal struggles and courageous shifts in thinking, the film explores who they used to be, who they are now and how the experience of trauma changed them. Today Rami mobilizes demonstrations against violence, Bushra and Meytal talk reconciliation with Israeli and Palestinian women, and Bassam speaks to high school students in Tel Aviv and Nablus. Through the unique lens of the director, we witness them rise above their trauma with strength and compassion.
In a conflict where narratives clash and the suffering of the other is often dismissed THE NARROW BRIDGE aims to be balanced, evenhanded and fair. The voices of a woman and a man from each side of the conflict are heard with Palestinian and Israeli cinematographers filming up close and personal, and beautiful footage from Bet Jalla and Bet Uma in the Palestinian territories and Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel.
Perhaps these broken-hearted individuals may lead their peoples forward, and serve as a model for others struggling with trauma and conflict around the globe? For if they can build a bridge for peace after paying the highest price – maybe we all can.
Film for social change
As a Social Impact film, we are developing a program to promote awareness and positive change around breaking down stereotypes, conflict resolution and post traumatic growth. THE NARROW BRIDGE shows how people develop strengths after trauma and offers a model of reconciliation for people in conflict and trauma situations. The screening of the film at a range of international film festivals, theatres and broadcasters, and our partnerships with significant global organisations including The Alliance for Middle East Peace, Combatants for Peace, Plus61J Media, Kids4Peace will all amplify the impact of the film.
'I walked the Narrow Bridge and I wept.
A searing insight into one of the world’s toughest conflicts'
Melbourne International Film Festival