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What’s Happening On the Other Side of the Earth?

Wednesday 11.30.2011 , Posted by
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What happened to you on 11.11.11? It’s only once per century that this unique date passes. The One Day on Earth documentary project, founded by Kyle Ruddick asks just that. The unique project worked with documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens to record the human experience over a 24-hour period. This is the second installment of the project, which started in 2010, which has been used to create a fully interactive archive with photo galleries, blog posts, and a video archive map.  The map allows for a visual, searchable experience to answer that compelling question: What’s happening on the other side of the world right now?

While the project is not a real time archive for every day, it answered that question on 10.10.10, and it will answer that same question again for 11.11.11.  Click the map below to go to the real interactive map. (Read more below)

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Because of the great success of the first year, this second year will bring even more exciting media, which is currently being worked into a feature length documentary. The trailer begins with the notation that “Everything you are about to see was filmed on the same day.” For some the day was a baby being born, for others it was fighting a war, for others it was just another day at work. One of the powerful messages of this documentary, is the new ways multimedia is being used to bring the world together. The trailer alone certainly makes you think about just how connected we are and how many more connections are made every day. Luckily enough, we don’t have to wait too long to see the documentary: One Day on Earth has partnered with the UN to screen the film on the same day, in every country in the world, sometime in late February 2012.

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Steven Shoppman

Written by Steven Shoppman



Steven Shoppman is a contributor to The Visual News and an avid explorer. In 2009 he received the honor of "Adventurer of the Year" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine for his expedition driving two trucks around the world. The expedition was named "The World by Road" He continues to plan new adventures and you can visit his personal website to learn more about him at www.stevenshoppman.com.

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