“One Day on Earth” to Screen in 160+ Countries Worldwide on Earth Day, April 22Apr 11, 2012
A new feature-length documentary film -- the first to include footage filmed in every country on earth captured all on the same day, and created with the help of the United Nations and an international community of filmmakers --is to debut on Earth Day, April 22, 2012 at screenings in more than 160 countries worldwide.
Four years in the making, “One Day on Earth” is a video time capsule of one day – 10 October 2010. More than 19,000 filmmakers, both professional and novice, contributed 3,000 hours of footage. The project, headed by Founder/Director Kyle Ruddick and Co- founder/Executive Producer Brandon Litman, donated video cameras to more than 95 UN country offices, which resulted in unusually intimate access, including footage of remote villages of Papua New Guinea and Abyei, a district of South Sudan with a history of border disputes. The UN has extended their logistical support of the project through 2015.
Featuring music by Grammy winners Paul Simon and Tinariwen, Fela Kuti, Sigur Rós, and DJ Cut Chemist, “One Day on Earth” captures a dazzling array of human experiences, from the birth of a newborn in Mongolia to a woman who collects clocks in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. The film fluidly links how crises confronting the world – from the water shortage to poverty – connects us all and offers rarely seen images from life in North Korea, Iran, and Kosovo. Beyond the film, the project has established a community platform of filmmakers worldwide and a shared public archive of video footage. The film has been financed by an array of sources, including significant support by the Ford Foundation's JustFilms initiative.