Film Fest to hold virtual showing of “The Narrow Bridge” in January

By Reporter staff

The Greater Binghamton Jewish Film Fest will hold a virtual showing of the documentary “The Narrow Bridge” directed by Esther Takac in January. The film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. A discussion of “The Narrow Bridge” will be moderated by Dr. Terence M. Keane, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, on Sunday, January 7, at 6 pm. (Click here to read the interview of Keane.) The link to the film will be sent to those who register by 5 pm on Thursday, January 4. You can register here or on the JFGB's website on the events page. 

“The Narrow Bridge” has been called “an eye-opening journey into the souls of four people who, after searing pain, develop strengths they never had before. Bushra, Rami, Meytal and Bassam, women and men who lost a child or parent in violent conflict, are creating a sacred space for change as they transform their grief into a bridge for reconciliation. Takac follows their paths from devastating trauma to courageous activism as they become part of a controversial grassroots movement of broken-hearted people called Israeli Palestinian Bereaved Families, who stand side-by-side to end the violence and build a future based on dignity and equality.”

“It’s hard to imagine a more timely moment for this extraordinary documentary,” said Steve Lisman, a member of the Film Fest Committee. “Some have described ‘The Narrow Bridge’ as depicting the transformation of grief to healing. This powerful, enlightening film is worth the challenge it will pose to watch.”

“We are grateful that Terence Keane, an expert in PTSD, will lead our discussion,” said Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton. “I hope the film and the conversation will be healing for our community.”

On, Annette Basile wrote, “This documentary about people connecting across a chasm of political and religious differences is profoundly moving.” Esta Rosevear wrote that “‘The Narrow Bridge’ is an amazing film about what could be once people come together. It is compelling and needs to be seen by all war-torn nations” on the SpoilerFreeReviews website.