Last year, Director Kevin Macdonald and Producer Ridley Scott asked YouTube users to film the world around them on July 24, 2010 and submit the footage for a collaborative film project, Life in a Day.
The result was 4,500 hours of video from all over the world boiled down to a trim 94-minute image-blitz that is at times enlightening, serene, inspirational, and slightly disgusting. (A giraffe giving birth at 24:40 cannot be unseen.) After debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, it had a small, limited theatrical run and a handful of live screenings online. Now, however, the film is streaming for the world to see.
What makes Life in a Day interesting is its subject-generated content. Unlike most docu-style films about human life, Day doesn’t dwell on cultural rituals, mating habits, or the way we hunt for food. Instead, we see the unsung minutiae of what happens between sun up and sundown. One couldn’t imagine how interesting it actually is to watch the many different ways that people make their morning coffee.
Watch the full version below, then let us know in the comments what you think.