What were YOU doing on July 24th, 2010?

February 12, 2015

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!

Life in a Day


  1. Comment by Janet Sunderland

    Janet Sunderland Reply February 13, 2015 at 10:09 am

    What an interesting project. I’d never heard of it. Ridley Scott is a director who has done all sorts of challenging shoots. Thanks so much for the link to find it.

    I looked back in my life catalogues: journals and desk calendars where I store my life. July 24, 2010 was a simple day for me, working out, walking, desk work. I’m always interested in time and how it gets packaged into moments. And you’re right, this is what travel does.

    • Comment by monvar117@gmail.com

      monvar117@gmail.com Reply February 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      I’ll check out Ridley Scott! You’re welcome for the link! It’s such a great documentary. That’s great- July 24 2010 was also a simple day for me, and after watching the documentary, it reinforced just how much is actually going on in the world.

      • Comment by Janet Sunderland

        Janet Sunderland Reply February 14, 2015 at 6:37 pm

        I kept thinking about your piece. I do sometimes think about friends or family and wonder what they are doing, but thinking about someone random, half-way across the globe? Or even in the next street (unless they are making weird sound) I don’t often. Oh, I think about ‘people’ like those caught in war or famine or disasters – those communities somewhere else that are in the news. But to sit and think about an ordinary person doing ordinary things and wondering what that might be? You led me there. Thank you.

        • Comment by monvar117@gmail.com

          monvar117@gmail.com Reply February 14, 2015 at 10:27 pm

          Haha! Weird sounds would grab my attention too. And, I don’t often either, it’s hard because we don’t know what they look like, sound like, etc. But after watching this documentary, it got me thinking. It’s almost… reassuring in a way to think about someone else doing something across the globe, and it makes it even better since you don’t know them, so they don’t fit any image in your mind. Thank you so much for stopping by, I’m really glad it got you thinking like it did for me.

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