The documentary tells the story of one man’s journey to make the Catholic Church more tolerant of LGBTQ+ people.
There have been some great documentaries in recent years that have highlighted many disturbingly dark things that have tarnished our modern society. A common theme for such documentaries is the sickening fight against LGBTQ+ rights — more specifically, how the Catholic Church fought the idea the most. A new documentary Build a bridge attempts to paint a clearer picture of this struggle within the Church. Now we have release dates for this documentary along with a new trailer. The film is slated for a May 3 release on VOD before hitting AMC+ on June 21 and Sundance TV on June 26.
The film is based on the book of the same name by Father James Martin and “follows a priest on his journey to make the LGBTQ+ community in the Catholic Church more tolerant, despite opposition from inside and outside the Church.” to elucidate the issue while at the same time pushing back the narrative being put forward by most members of the Catholic Church. The footage shows all sides of the equation, from the media reaction to the father’s efforts to the various protests against him in the Catholic community. It also teases the various interviews with people in the LGBTQ+ community and the emotional journey they have taken because of the church’s views. Some voices can be heard in the trailer calling this a civil war within the church, “a catholic-gay civil war.”
So many emotions can be felt in this trailer. Frustration and anger to name a few based on how the Catholic Church has been handling this whole situation, but most importantly the sense of love found in this footage trumps all of these fear-inducing, hate-based images. Unfortunately, while this documentary comes from a place of love, the conflict it contains is so relevant in today’s world outside of the Church. Even more so since this documentary was filmed. The trailer touches on the fact that gay rights are one of the most contentious issues in the Church, which is ironic given the Catholic Church’s dark history.
We currently live in a world where the LGBTQ+ community is being persecuted and threatened from all sides. Things like the “Don’t Say Gay” law in Florida were an annoying reminder of the state of the world. However, as mentioned earlier, this trailer also reminds us how much love there is in the world – and how love has always overwhelmed the growing darkness around us. Father Martin is one of those bright, loving lights that we should focus on.
Build a bridge is certainly a documentary to watch out for. It is directed by Evan Mascagni and Shannon Post as well as executive producer of the legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Build a bridge will be released on VOD on May 3rd, before appearing on AMC+ on June 21st and on Sundance TV on June 26th.
You can watch the full trailer for the documentary below.
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