Early on there is footage from Cambodia that shows a man walking an elephant down a main street right behind a man on a motorbike on a cell phone. This film is beautiful, and finds a way to make you feel like you are a part of something bigger on this planet. A young French girl named Nina will take you on a journey to her mother's house via the tram, a veteran farmer shows you that his farm is his happiness, and a young violinist shares her love of the symphony she plays in. One Day on Earth is a video narration of human life all across the globe, but it is unique because the people themselves shot the footage. The concept alone was enough to entice me to devote 2 hours of my day off to watching it.
The documentary was broken into sections that flowed seamlessly into one another, including childhood, music, love, nature, farming, sports, war, death, and art. Some participants used the project as a platform to express their concern for issues such as climate change and water shortage, while others talked about missing their loved ones who were deployed for war. One father from Mexico even used it as a chance to talk to his unborn child, and have a way to bond for years to come.
The most moving part for me was the segment dedicated to music. Several groups and individuals were highlighted for playing instruments, creating rhythms, and even learning a new instrument. The editors then cut all of these different stories together and combined the music, creating something completely new. It gave me chills to watch. It just proves that we are one earth and one humanity, despite our differences.
And to thank you for reading, I leave you this video, which features an example of how the editors worked with a DJ to create a new song, https://vimeo.com/39875998.