Monday, November 21, 2011

Life In A Day

What does your typical day look like?

That probably depends on your context. The documentary Life In A Day is an attempt to give a snapshot of a single day in human life around the world. Hundreds of video cameras in hundreds of countries around the world filmed everyday life on July 24, 2010. Over 4500 hours of footage were edited into a 90-minute film, which you can watch in its entirety below:

Beautiful people and beautiful cultures are all captured in this film. It rarely divulges where we are at any given moment; names are rarely mentioned, and there is little in the way of narrative development. What is remarkable are people's faces. Just looking into their eyes as they smile, cry, dance, run, pray reminds me that we're created in the image of God.

While this is perhaps the most elaborate crowdsourced YouTube video ever made--YouTube is a producer of the film--it is also a testament to the current cultural zeitgeist of our world. We are an interconnected, ever-watching, constantly-moving, diverse community of people who are being brought closer each day through the advents of advancing technology. We are both closer and farther than we've ever been.


  1. While I appreciate the concept of Life in a Day, I was quite bored. Turned it off when I guy was showing me a parking garage elevator.

  2. Cam, that was only 5 minutes into the film! That's not really fair to the other 85 minutes....

  3. Probably not fair, but c'est la vie in a day.