By Shane McGinley
India gardener makes debut in movie showing daily life for thousands around the world
An Indian gardener from Dubai is one of the unlikely stars of an experimental new film compiled of thousands of videotape clips showing snippets of people’s daily life.
‘Life in a Day’, which opened in LA theatres last week, is the brainchild of Hollywood director Ridley Scott and YouTube. The pair asked thousands of people worldwide to film their day on July 24, 2010 and send the footage into a group of filmmakers.
Over 4,500 hours of footage from 80,000 people in 192 countries was submitted and the filmmakers then edited the footage into the narrative for a feature-length movie.
The unlikely stars of the final film include an Indian gardener working in Dubai, a Korean man traveling the world on his bicycle, a Japanese single father struggling to raise his son, a family dealing with cancer in Chicago and a shoeshine boy in Peru.
Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald, who previously worked on the film ‘The Last King of Scotland’, said the project was “an experimental film".
"It's unlike anything that's been made before," he said in an interview with Reuters. "It's unique, and what's remarkable is that an experimental film can reach a wide audience and can be emotional and make you laugh."
The film debuted at the influential Sundance Film Festival in January to critical acclaim.