A remarkable, life-affirming, crowd-sourced film comes to YouTube

Life in a Day was shot by thousands of people, in 192 countries, on a single day in the summer of 2010. You can watch it in its entirety on YouTube this week. (It premieres on Friday, the 28th.)

Kevin Macdonald (grandson of the great British director Emeric Pressburger) assembled the movie, cutting 80,000 clips—which amounted to 4,500 hours of film—down to 90 minutes. There’s no narration; the connections are all intuitive. But the individual moments do cohere, and they eventually add up to a film that’s much more than the sum of its parts.

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