Have you ever thought about what someone else, maybe a friend, or boyfriend, or is doing during that exact moment? I know I have. But let me ask you this: Have you ever thought about what someone else is doing halfway across the entire world? While you’re sitting in your cubicle at work, or typing on your computer, or laying in bed, completely hungover?
Have you ever wondered what makes someone else from another country sad, happy, or scared? It’s hard to imagine what “someone else” is doing if they don’t even exist in your head. And it’s hard to imagine that so many different scenarios in the world could be going on in that exact moment just because those scenarios don’t seem to exist.
The documentary “Life in a Day” directed by Kevin Macdonald, takes every single one of these questions and puts it into a 1 hour and 35 minute documentary. They openly asked people from around the world to take a video of their day, whether it be a clip of them waking up in the morning, riding a taxi home from work, or drunkenly laughing on a bench. The day was July 24th, 2010. They then submitted these clips to the creator’s Youtube Channel. The documentary is 80,000 clips of 4,500 hours of video from 192 countries from around the world (obviously shortened).
Most of the documentary are videos that people took themselves, while a smaller portion are videos taken by cameras that were sent to developing countries, so not just the wealthier nations were represented. I’ve watched this documentary a few times now, and every time I’m amazed. The documentary shows footage of people in complete poverty looking for food, to people asking themselves “Who am I?”
This movie did more for me than show what could be happening at any moment on any given day, it showed that humans are more alike than we think we are. We all have similar fears, similar things that make us happy, and experience similar heartache. Some of these clips show people in their most “human” state- and reinforces the fact that, no, you are not the only one feeling that way- it connects us all together.
And you get this same realization from traveling. It’s strange but not surprising- when I travel and meet people from around the world, we have an automatic, unspoken connection that feels stronger than a connection I could have with a friend from back home. And I know that it happens to almost everyone. It’s one of the reasons why I travel.
I suggest you watch this documentary. It takes you on a journey through the world without you having to move a finger, and leaves you with a feeling of fulfillment, chills, or complete wanderlust and desire to experience and see for yourself exactly what this documentary shows.
Watch the trailer here!