Life in a day is a film made by YouTube to capture lives of different people around the globe on 24 July 2010. Last year YouTube asked its users to capture on film their day on 24 July and upload them. They then assembled more that 4,5 00 hours of footage from the users from 192 countries and made a film directed by Oscar-winning Kevin Macdonald.
Editor Joe Walker spent more that 7 months editing the clips into a 1 hour 35 min film and the result is fantastic to watch. All the clips are captured by handheld cameras but quality was really good.
There are a few highlights of the movie I loved. But let me start by saying that I love that Nepal was featured in the film, a big thanks to the Korean cyclist on a world cycling tour, who was in Nepal that day.
Watching this film made me realise again (some times I forget it) that there are so many different problems people face in their life while I am upset for not finding a right dress to go out in, there are people out there in the world at that moment who are starving or sick.
Some memorable clips are of a South American boy who shines shoes in the street for a living, the man who proposed to his girl with bent knees, a gay guy coming out of the closet, cute twin babies, a photographer walking the streets of Kabul (he said, “People think streets of Kabul are not safe but look it is safe. At least for us” 🙂 ).
I didn’t like the way a cow was slaughtered in the clip and also was sad to see an Americana mum with cancer as well as a life of an army wife. Some people have very hard lives and it is important that we realise that. Also there is a clip of a sick Australian man in the hospital after his open heart surgery and African culture where a woman who kneels before her husband daily.
One guy even films himself doing graffiti and stealing from the supermarket. It was sad to see a footage of a panic at a festival in Germany which caused death.
The funniest clip was of a wedding of elderly coupe who wrote their own vows. Loved their wit and humour and their view towards their life. It gets hilarious when a bride hits her husband to be with her bouquet. Another funny clip was of a dad who faints in a birth room while taking a video of the birth of his new baby. (I said funny but it might be scary to some people.)
There were few questions asked like “What scares you?” and “What do you love the most?” And some of the answers surprised me. Like there is a guy who is afraid of gay people while this little girl is scared of people who don’t believe in god. With the love question, I loved it when a man said he loves his family the most. J
There is so much to learn from this film. It is an emotional and real representation of our world. If you want to watch the movie, it is free on YouTube. Here is the link
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