Body-language and nonverbal communication

On the bridge of death and life

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On the bridge of death and life

Every day, Chen Si rides his scooter around on a bridge over the Yangtze River trying to stop potential suicides. During the past 10 years, he has saved more than 200 desperate people, many of whom come from rural areas. Some of them talk with rare candor about the problems they thought they could no longer face. It’s striking that ….so many of them feel driven to distraction by abuses of power on the part of an employer or the government, making the immense pressure caused by unfettered economic expansion in China frighteningly palpable. As the camera follows him in his daily activities, Chen Si shares what he has learned about life and death; at least, when he’s not busy pulling someone – at times quite forcefully – back from the edge. At the same time, the film paints an intimate portrait of this volunteer. Because of his own turbulent life, he takes the victims’ stories so to heart that he can only lighten his mood with drink. Who will save Chen Si?

The film gives a deep and emotionally touching insight into Chen Sis life and his effort to safe These People.

This film also shows the portraits of four people who were safed. The filmer Liu visited together with them their hometowns and families. For me it was ever so impressing that Liu presents in a very sensitive and sensible way how these people describe their own life and the emotional track which made this bridge so seductive for them.

She also puts a very critical eye on the chinese Society without being Moral. If you watch the film you are left behind with your own emotions and your ambivalence perhaps not knowing what to do and how to react to this Basic issue in modern times…..modern times everywhere…not only in Nanjing.

— https://vimeo.com/187643369

Tickets for the world premiere are available: https://www.idfa.nl/industry/film/on-the-bridge-of-death-and-life

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