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YouTube’s documentary film premieres in Hong Kong

Anuradha Shukla | Aug. 3, 2011
Ninety-minute documentary features over 1,000 clips from YouTube users around the globe.

YouTube is officially releasing its first user-generated feature-length documentary film in Hong Kong on Thursday (4 August 2011).

Life in a Day is a 90-minute documentary that features more than 1,000 clips from YouTube users around the globe.

Last year in July, popular filmmakers Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald encouraged the global community to capture a moment of their lives on a regular day.

Their initiative received an overwhelming response with over 80,000 YouTube submissions from 192 countries.

Finally, Scott and Macdonald had more than 4,500 hours of deeply personal, powerful films. The duo cut down the submissions to create the critically-acclaimed documentary set to fire the screen in Hong Kong tomorrow.

Exhibiting Asian flavours

Viewers of this documentary will get to see women from Bali dancing at the traditional full moon festival, a Korean traveller biking all around the world and the relationship between a Japanese father and a toddler.

Life in a Day is produced by Ridley Scott of Robin Hood and Gladiator fame, and his company Scott Free Productions.

"Over the last six years, YouTube has connected and changed the world through videos. Every contributor and audience of Life in a Day will now become part of cinematic history by participating in the largest crowd-sourced film ever made and creating a time capsule to show future generations what it was like on 24 July 2010," said Sharon Ng, head of marketing, Google Hong Kong.

"This exciting global initiative not only provided people with an invaluable opportunity to work with world-renowned filmmakers Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott, but also allowed them to voice out globally."


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