Life in a Day

Director Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott team up to offer this candid snapshot of a single day on planet Earth.
Compiled from over 80,000 YouTube submissions by contributors in 192 countries, Life in a Day presents a microcosmic view of our daily experiences as a global society.
From the mundane to the profound, everything has its place as we spend 90 minutes gaining greater insight into the lives of people who may be more like us than we ever suspected, despite the fact that we’re separated by incredible distances.

Clips are not labeled with locations – some are nevertheless easy to figure out, but others leave few clues. Obviously this is intentional on Macdonald’s part, as you occasionally find yourself distracted by trying to figure out where the hell the various videos come from.

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  1. I was in a coma on July,24,2010. It’s amazing to see all the things going on while I was out. 🙂

  2. I can not bear to watch this anymore! How barbaric! How can you grill piglets alive! Sick, twisted, demented people! Animal suffering is a sad reality in our world but to treat it so nonchalantly is consenting to it! It is not a day in my life!

  3. It,s interesting to see how the life in a day of diferent people, from diferent places goes in a day. It really touch me the girl talking with her husband on skype, and the boy from South America cleaning shoes on the street. It is sad to see his day trying to make a couple of soles and not going to school. I liked the weedings and the birth of animals and people the show, very beautifull. Overall it is a good documentary, it shows a bit of everything. I like it a lot. Good job!! 

  4. Just amazing. Every part of it made me feel more connected to the world and helped me to appreciate what I have.

  5. Wow. I learned…I felt….great doc.

  6. Thank you for your comment too DanniB.  I appreciate you taking the time to let me know that something terrible “wasn’t” happening.

  7. I am very relieved to read the comments below.  Thank you for letting me know that the piglets weren’t being tortured.  Of course it has been on my mind the last few days, so I really appreciate you letting me know that they weren’t being cooked alive.  You have no idea how much better I feel.  When I saw their blackened hoofs, and the one closing his/her eyes, it made me feel like that is  what was happening to it.  The fact that the poor cow was the next frame made me think that the piglets were being killed in that manner, so in my opinion it might be very easy to come to that conclusion.  Honest mistake I guess.  I stopped the film right before they killed the cow, as I knew what they were going to do to it.  No matter the outcome though, I can’t bring myself to watch it again, but if anyone else watches the film and comes to the piglets I hope that their comments will be the same as yours Kristina. 

  8. actually the cow getting shot in the head was not what i wanted to was a took 2 shots to make it fall down but even then it was still alive..


  9. the part where the baby octopus was clinging on a man dressed up in a what looks like a make-shift diving suit and a boy trying to remove the octopus from the man with his bare hands was unbelievable..

    what happened to the boy’s hand? 

  10. i want to know..was the baby giraffe able to stand up and walk?

  11. simply amazing, well done

  12. Hey Carole, I really don’t think the piglets were barbequeing, they were just housed on a metal grate so all their ‘business’ falls through the gaps and they don’t have to walk on it.

  13. Beautifully executed. I love the way that it was edited to show just how similar we all are.

  14. I was enjoying this documentary until it got to the part where they had little piglets burning alive on this type of barbecue.  It is still on my mind.  I was so upset after seeing this, I cried my eyes out.  How cruel.  This is one of the worst types of animal torture I have seen in a while.  Who are the barbaric people doing this?  WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND COULD DO THIS TO BABY PIGLETS???  THE ANIMAL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD BE ALL OVER THESE PEOPLE!!!  WHY DID YOU FILM THIS?  DO YOU REALIZE HOW MANY ANIMAL LOVERS YOU WILL UPSET BY SHOWING THIS????

    • interesting how we cry for animals but not for the multiple dead human bodies we saw in this documentary. Is this humanity?

    • carole..i admire your sense of love for animals..i actually am an animal lover myself ^^ 

      i read your comment before i saw the video and i really had to see for myself..i was actually relieved that it was not the case..the piglets were not being barbecued ^^ it was just the way the rails were built for their pen..try watching it again ^^ 

      • Kristina is correct, Carole. The wee piggies are just lying on the floor grating in their pen. The grated floor is used so the animals are not lying and wallowing in their own urine and feces. Waste will pass through the grating to a sub-floor of some sort…usually. That is the set-up I’ve seen before anyhow. They can hose the waste away under the grating. Rest easy, they were not being cooked alive.

    • come on carole i understand your love of animals and i too hate the useless torture of animals but the point of this documentary was not to be pc. it was to show a day in the life of the world and death and torture is apart of our world unfortunately. if any body gets that upset over a documentary which i think makes everyone feel compassion for those animals are just wasting their time.

      • monroe..the only thing i disagree about what you said is the last part..

        feeling compassion for animals, be it in a documentary or fiction movies is not a waste of time..
        it shows you are human, just to feel ^^ 

  15. There seriously needs to be more documentaries like this.

    From beginning to end, this was simply superb!  

  16. The Asian man and his son saying good morning to the mum’s picture broke my heart! You could see such a story with such simplicity. Everyone’s life is a story, it’s amazing how we take for granted the simplest things. I love that this allows us to share little pieces of the world with each other instead of getting caught up in ourselves. We should never forget that we are one of, as of now, 7 billion people. The greatest evolutionary trait we’ve gained is learning how to share our Earth with our fellow species. 

  17. Enough with the intro!

  18. It will make you laugh and make you cry such an amazing snapshot of humanity 

  19. great