Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Place in Time

With all this talk of Angelina Jolie's upcoming feature directorial debut it's intriguing to look at her first attempt behind the camera with the documentary A Place in Time. Calling on a raft of celebrity friends, including Anne Hathaway, Ling Bai, Wyclef Jean, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Johnny Lee Miller and Hillary Swank, Jolie set out to capture three minutes of life on January 11 2005 at 12 noon GMT from more than 25 countries around the world.

The experiment reminds me of Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities, with Jolie no doubt seeking to show the simultaneity and interconnectedness of the world. The documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007, and may be distributed through high schools by the National Education Association.

Read a gushing review of the documentary HERE.

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