What is the wonderful and fascinating new documentary 'Life in a Day' about? Yes. What? Exactly. 'Life in a Day' is a film about what. While many documentaries answer the basic journalistic questions of who, what, when, where and why. This one pretty much just shows us what happened around the world on July 24, 2010. Obviously that description implies that we also get the answers to where and why but only in very broad and simple terms. Yes, everything in the film (is supposed to have) happened on that specific date, but the times of incidents are only rarely specified. The same goes for exact locations.

The concept of the film is that producer Ridley Scott and Oscar-winning documentarian Kevin Macdonald requested footage shot anywhere around the globe (including under the sea and in the air) on a particular Saturday (the fitting date 24/7, as it is written in Britain). The material, submitted by literally anybody via YouTube, could be of any length and shot with any kind of camera, whether digital or film. Macdonald then constructed a 90-minute feature compiled out of these submissions, most of which were cut down to mere snippets displaying common and mundane everyday activities. And the result is a spellbinding montage depicting a day in the life of the planet Earth.