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Life in A Day

(DVD - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Life in A Day
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Were you one of the more than 80,000 people around the globe who were uploading their personal video of what happened in their lives on July 24th, 2010? Directed by Kevin MacDonald and produced by Ridley Scott, these two filmmakers sifted through over 4,500 hours of footage to create one incredible motion picture event. Created entirely from footage uploaded by YouTube users, 'Life in a Day' is a film first: exhilarating, moving and very, very funny-it is the story of our world.
Published: [United States : National Geographic, 2011]
Branch Call Number: DVD 920 LIF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Dec 17, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When director Kevin MacDonald and team asked people from all over the world to create a video diary detailing what they did on July 24th 2010 he was not prepared for the response. Over 81,000 film clips from 192 countries arrived and had to be edited down to make this incredible 90 minute snapshot of one day on planet Earth. From jungles, deserts and urban skyscrapers we see a variety of people turning their laptops and camcorders on themselves as they attempt to answer three simple questions posed by MacDonald: "What is in your pocket?" "What/who do you love a lot?" and "What do you fear the most?" But what starts out as a series of poignant Youtube clips quietly morphs into something deeply moving and, at times, deeply disturbing. Whether it's the Korean national cycling around the world, the Australian man recovering from open heart surgery, or the American woman dressing up for a Skype date with her military husband these tiny tales highlight our similarities while exploring those things which set us apart. And Vancouver's "Celebration of Light" fireworks display has a guest cameo! Brilliant!

Dec 03, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Its an interesting idea.

I would have liked to see how different director/editors would have made their own versions and visions,.. by using the same 80.000 donated videos !!?

Too many people featured, should've focused on less people but elaborated on their stories. Also, there are some disturbing parts, i.e. the extremists who express their views on religion and homosexuality.

Dec 29, 2012
  • modestgoddess rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

We enjoyed this but were disappointed not to know where some of the longer segments were filmed - apart from comments by people ("here I am in Chicago" "I've made it to Kathmandu" etc), there was no knowing where in the world you were looking at. Many delightful segments, some touching, some funny. None of us (two female, one male) could stomach the slaughterhouse scene, which is interwoven with all the "work" scenes (starts with women, likely somewhere in Africa, grinding a crop with big sticks and singing in counterpoint to each other) - if you have delicate sensibilities, you might want to ffwd as we did! (same with the goat slaughtering scene which comes later) Nicely done but I agree with howardpoole, below - more could have been done with it. Still, overall it was very pleasing and neat to watch, and made us wonder what we'd all been doing on July 24, 2010....

Oct 06, 2012
  • howardpoole rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting concept, but I found it lacked in substance ( especially considering the number of videos hours which were recorded for this film- but not used)

Jan 09, 2012
  • jacqm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very interesting film. Pay attention to the Bonus features to learn more about how the film was actually made...this adds to the value of the film. Well worth seeing.

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Dec 29, 2012
  • modestgoddess rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

modestgoddess thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Sep 02, 2014
  • SurreySemiahmoo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

posing 3 questions, "What do you love? What do you fear? What's in your pocket?"

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