Billed as "the largest collaboration of media creation in the world's history," "One Day on Earth" is a compilation documentary built for these short-attention-span times. Drawn from 3,000-plus hours of footage from every country on the planet, taken by volunteer videographers on a single day in October 2010, the film is driven by a we-are-the-world connectedness, but remains a travelogue in search of a defining center.
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"One Day on Earth": A review of the film "One Day on Earth" in the June 22 Calendar section referred to an image of a Ukrainian bride's painted face. The bride is actually from Kosovo.
The overall impression is as fleeting as much of the imagery that flashes across the screen.
The 10.10.10 time capsule is the result of a project, completed in partnership with the UN and nonprofits including the World Wildlife Fund and Red Cross, that uses social networking to create a Web-based archive (an 11.11.11 sequel is in the works).
Each piece of footage is labeled with country of origin, and writer-director Kyle Ruddick blends in statistics on the human enterprise, from work and leisure to marriage and family, with sobering but context-free factoids on immigration, poverty, crime and war (on the date of filming, 45 countries were involved in military conflict).