One Day On Earth: A Timecapsule of Humanity
How to become a pixel in the collaborative portrait of the world.
By Maria Popova
In every moment, billions of human lives around the world are unfolding in vastly different ways, filling the space-time continuum with a myriad of experiences, with great loves and great losses, with triumphs and tragedies, with conflict and compassion, with unremarkable mundanity seen through a remarkably rich array of lenses. One Day On Earth is a new multi-platform participatory media project rallying documentary filmmakers, students and ordinary citizens around the world to capture 24 hours in the life of the planet.
On October 10 this year — 10.10.10 — people in every single country across the globe will record footage telling their stories and peeling away at their lives, which will then be collaged into a two-hour feature-length documentary to be released theatrically.
Besides being a brave experiment in collaborative storytelling, the project is a bold effort to find out who we are, as a culture and a civilization, and what we stand for in the grand scheme of human existence. Will we like what we see?
Published June 18, 2010