Life in a Day (2020)

Life in a Day (2020)

2021, Society  -   3 Comments
Ratings: 8.60/10 from 35 users.

This is a fully crowdsourced documentary depicting precisely one full day on Planet Earth, specifically July 25, 2020, to be exact. Over 300,000 videos were submitted from about 190+ countries, all shot by a broad cross-section of the global population on their smartphones, drones, GoPros and more. The result is a never-ending treasure trove of humanity in its funny, sad, sometimes banal, but always heartwarming glory.

The movie starts with a series of moms-to-be in Brazil, India, Japan, Greece, the UK and more, in active labor, delivering their babies. The joy that each family feels is contagious - and universal. It then jumps straight into a series of smash cuts, one after another, of people waking up and greeting the day. What makes this montage special is that these people come from everywhere, including some of the harshest places to live in, like refugee camps and other isolated areas. Yet, it is a perfect illustration of how everyone on the planet is connected - even if it's just taking part in familiar and somewhat mundane morning routines such as breakfast, showers, milking the goat, cow and more.

The rest of the film unfolds at breakneck speed, image upon image, video clips in quick succession of people just being people. Though there is a general framework, starting in the early morning and going down the clock until bedtime, the passage of time is firmly in the background and only serves as a rough guide for an abundance of content that is equal parts vague and obvious, and purposely devoid of commentary and opinion.

"Life in a Day (2020)" is the ten-year-old follow up or sequel to Life in a Day (2010). The original was filmed the same way, with homemade videos submitted by people all over the world. YouTube was still relatively new a decade ago and not as sophisticated as it is today. Smartphone cameras were not that sharp or versatile as they are now, and creative video content, not as common.

Today, with everyone exposed to micro-videos on social media (including Tiktok), the format of the 2010 version might seem old hat. The stories, however - even if only snippets are shown - are just as compelling, maybe even more so since it is documenting everyday lives within the extraordinary events that took place in 2020.

These events include the Covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests, various natural disasters, the continued ecological destruction of the planet and more. They all make it seems like 2020 was a hellish year - and that things might not get better anytime soon.

However, the moving images and touching stories that made it into the final cut were not just funny, entertaining, poignant, grounded and real. They also celebrated humanity, a welcome reminder that life doesn't stop, while leaving behind a sense of hope for the future.

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1 year ago

Beautiful how we have more in common as human beings than we have that are different. A documentary of simple everyday things, yet still so meaningful at the same time.

"“I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.” - William Shakespeare

Alliyah Brown
Alliyah Brown
2 years ago

The guy with the spiders was very touching; 'This is my family.'. Awww. Why doesn't he have anyone?

romeo bercasio
romeo bercasio
2 years ago

unforgetable numbers....2020. Love the video...thanks.