Review: ‘One Day on Earth’

The latest in a trend of collectively photographed documents of people, cultures and conditions made for the sensitive, globally aware armchair viewer.

One day on Earth proves too little and too much for “One Day on Earth,” the latest in a trend of collectively photographed documents of people, cultures and conditions made for the sensitive, globally aware armchair viewer. Like the YouTube-generated “Life in a Day,” this love letter to the family of man is as wide and as thin as wallpaper, with writer-director Kyle Ruddick (and editors Michael Martinez and Mark Morgan) jamming hundreds of amateur vid contributions into a feature-length whirlwind tour. Good homevid returns will follow a limited theatrical jaunt.

Ruddick and crew have assimilated more than 3,000 hours of footage generated by 19,000-plus contributors on Oct. 10, 2010, located in, the credits claim, every country in the world (with 146 participants and 598 cinematographers credited onscreen). But the rush of watching images made in such rare locales as Andorra and Sao Tome quickly wears thin as the montage whips through considerably meaty topics (water issues, climate change, immigration, religious faith) like an impatient Web surfer. Even when the docu revisits certain subjects (disabled 10-year-old Vincent Miedema or TED conference lecturers), there’s no deeper understanding.

One Day on Earth


A One Day on Earth release of a One Day on Earth production. Produced by Brandon Litman. Executive producers, Tony Goldman, Jessica Goldman Srenick, Kyle Ruddick, Litman. Co-producer, Daniel Lichtblau. Co-executive producers, Charlie No, Kyle Jackson, John Raymonds, Boaz Paidl, Jenner Furst, Mark Vega. Directed, written by Kyle Ruddick.


Camera (color, DV); editors, Michael Martinez, Mark Morgan; music, Joseph Minadeo, Cut Chemist; music supervisor, Daniel Lichtblau. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, June 10, 2012. Running time: 105 MIN.


Vincent Miedema.
(Albanian, Amazigh, Amharic, Arabic, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Catalan, Mandarin, Creole, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Estonian, Ewe, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Karenni, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lingala, Luganda, Maasai, Malay, Marathi, Mongolian, Moroccan Arabic, Nigerian, Norwegian, Oromipha, Portuguese, Q'eqchi, Rastafarian, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sign Language, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sranan, Sudanese Arabic, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Tetun, Thai, Tigrina, Tlicho, Tok Pisin, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese dialogue)

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