Thursday, August 09, 2012

Life in a Day

A few months ago I heard about a film project called "One Day on Earth." A few days ago I was scanning Netflix for an afternoon movie and came across "Life in a Day." Both projects take thousands of hours of video footage shot by amateur videographers across the globe, all on one pre-appointed day, and put them together as a collaborative documentary about planet Earth.

"Life in a Day" was no ordinary 90 minute documentary. Detailing the lives of everyone from the rich to the poor, the project connected me to our diverse world by revealing the fact that while I'm focused on myself every day, the world circles on. Each culture, city, family, and person is acting out their own lives. Often this looks extremely different than my life, but we all share the same day for 24 hours. Fit within this 24 hours we find life and death. The mundane and remarkable. The joyful and the tearful.

 Beautiful images of mountain ranges speckled with cloud shadows are partnered with a man getting his young son ready for the day. Both remarkable in their own way. The final clip of "Life in a Day" reveals a young woman at the end of the day. She's had her video camera in hand, just waiting for something great to happen on July 24, 2010, but her day was nothing but ordinary. At the end of her monologue, she realizes that although she saw nothing great and she's just a normal girl, something great did happen today.


It's a raw look into the heart of so many of us. We feel like our lives are nothing special. But after watching this film, I'm seeing great things in the ordinary. There are great things happening around the world at all times of every day. We live in a big world, but that world is composed of the minute events in a single person's life.

Below is the trailer for "One Day on Earth." I haven't seen it yet, but I can't wait!


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