IRC Film series offers a snapshot of life in the world

The International Relations Committee’s annual Reel Time film series continues with “Life in a Day 2020” on January 4 at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theater at 86 E 8th St. in downtown Holland. Free entry.

This year’s film series is a partnership between IRC and Hope College.

Life in a Day 220 is described as an ethnographic record of the Earth at one point in time. July 25, 2020, people all over the world took their cameras and filmed their day. They captured the ordinary and the extraordinary, the personal and the deep.

They submitted their videos to producer Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald. The 324,705 videos were in 65 languages ​​from 192 different countries.

Some of the footage that is part of this film is about love, death, heartbreak, and hope that go beyond geography and circumstance to explore what connects humans.

“We are living in this time of great political upheaval, and it may be at the forefront of our thoughts,” says filmmaker Kevin Macdonald. “But for a lot of people, the day-to-day experience is what I hope we’ll capture in the film, isn’t going to talk about these big issues, at least not directly… I always tell people : “What is boring for you, what is normal for you, is going to be fascinating for others. . ‘”

“Life in a Day 2020” premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and is available at Youtube.

“See as a community”

“He was shortlisted for IRC’s Reel Time film series because it offers a personal and intimate view of life in the world,” said IRC President Alissa Wilson. “What better way to connect with others around the world than by coming together to see the film as a community. ”
“Life in a Day 2020” premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
The final film in the 2021-2022 Reel Time film series will be “Mayor,” a look at the life of Musa Hadid, the charismatic mayor of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, who aspires to lead the city into the future.

Mayor will screen on January 18, 2022 at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theater in downtown Holland.

The aim of the International Relations Commission is to establish and maintain meaningful relationships between the Dutch people and the rest of the world through cultural, educational and professional contacts.

Programs include Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs; Reel Time film series; collaboration with our sister city Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico; and the Holland International Festival (October 1, 2022). For more information visit

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