What happens when you send a request out to the world to chronicle, via video, a single day on Earth? You get 80,000 submissions and 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries. Producer Ridley Scott and Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald took this raw material — all shot on July 24, 2010 — and created “Life in a Day,” a groundbreaking, feature-length documentary that portrays this kaleidoscope of images we call life.

It opens in Chicago, Los Angles, New York, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Seattle today, and in other cities across the U.S. on successive Fridays throughout the summer (see youtube.com/lifeinaday for the complete list so far). Entertainment Weekly gives it a B+ and calls it “our equivalent of that ’80s art-film kaleidoscope ‘Koyaanisqatsi.'” Which means maybe bring some aspirin.

Via Ad Age.

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