Masters of Dox


Kevin Macdonald
Screening time  
01.03. / Thursday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 3  
What were you doing on July 24, 2010?

What were you doing on July 24, 2010? Academy award winning director Kevin Macdonald asked the entire world this question via YouTube last year. More than 80,000 people responded with videos depicting their lives, thoughts and dreams, all on the exact same day. Macdonald arranged 300 selected clips culled from more than 4,500 hours of digital footage from people in 192 countries into a roughly chronologic but non-narrative order. As the day wears on, we see a kaleidoscopic variety of human activity: preparing meals, praying, working, raising children, arguing, recovering from trauma, jumping from airplanes, celebrating, conversing, dying—or doing nothing at all. While it resembles tone poems such as ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ or ‘Baraka’, 'Life in a Day' is more personal, focusing on individuals rather than nature and culture. Fittingly, Macdonald shares his director credit with the hundreds of YouTube filmmakers who made the final edit.

Kevin Macdonald

Kevin Macdonald's first film, 'One Day In September', won the Academy Award for best documentary film in 2000. His second, 'Touching The Void', is the highest-grossing British documentary in UK history. McDonald’s first narrative feature, 'The King of Scotland' (2006), won two BAFTAs, and earned Forest Whitaker an Academy Award for best actor. He currently lives in London.

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Great Britain, USA
2011, 95', color, video

Directed by:
Kevin Macdonald

Edited by:
Joe Walker

Harry Gregson-Williams, Matthew Herbert

Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Liza Marshall

Produced by:
Scott Free Productions

Festivals & Awards:

British Independent Film Award 2011 - Best Documentary; Silverdocs 2011 – Cinematic Vision Award