This film, THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE is presented by the Julien Bryan International Film Foundation (:13) and will be narrated by Arnold Moss. It centers around the YMCA as it rebuilds around the globe. Opening with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (:42) which is the largest and cost $35 million and four years to construct, and the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River (1:12). During warfare, bridges no longer seemed ‘beautiful’ as they became targets for bombing (1:20). In peace, they will be rebuilt and reunite cities and citizens (1:58). The film takes us to Manila in the Philippines (2:08) where after three years and nine months of war, eighty percent of the city's worth had been destroyed (2:35). Some of the buildings ruined were the Philippine Legislature building (2:53) as well as the University and churches (3:03). A housing crisis ensued (3:37) as homes were destroyed and citizens left to exist in shacks made with flimsy material (3:45). The youth also suffered with a shortage of food and structure as we are shown a YMCA secretary intervening in a fight between young boys (5:33). A card for the YMCA of the Philippines appears on screen (6:23) as this boy is welcomed into the club (6:27). After the war, the Y building had been left without much to salvage and the secretary must rebuild the headquarters as well as his own home (8:08). He will also bring needed services to students as they will require employment advice and ideally, on site training (9:20). Free sporting events such as boxing (9:26) aided to boost morale. The amateur night on the radio was also a hit (9:35). In Czechoslovakia, the cathedral in Prague remained standing through occupation (10:05) and mostly undamaged Y building (10:27). They were able to continue services such as allowing youth to play the game invented by the YMCA, basketball (11:05). Unfortunately, the secretary had perished in prison along with other staff members whom held loyal to their beliefs (11:30). One of the board members was liberated (12:05) yet 600 others were left in need of special care.From the outside, Shanghai in 1947 (12:53) appeared unchanged. However, the YMCA building on Tibet Road (13:16), had lost half its staff and would need 200 new leaders trained. Nine of the other buildings had been damaged (13:51). The people of China were faced with poverty and hunger. One Y building opened seven day care centers for the children of impoverished laborers (14:07) and a free school in Ningbo (14:22). In Poland (14:40) the YMCA building had been partly repaired and was reopened as children resumed playing games, joining clubs, reading and learning (15:41). In addition to countries to the explored, an additional 18 countries contained YMCA’s with damaged facilities and equipment (17:05). The US and Canada raised $8,650,000 for these repairs (17:24).In total, 105 buildings had been had hit by war and 41 completely destroyed (17:34). Rehabilitation was also needed for over 600 staff members and families (17:42). As the film comes to a close the metaphor is drawn between the damaged physical bridges after wartime and the intangible bridges between peoples that needed mend as well.
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