Rising Voices Submissions for One Day on Earth

A pair of bloggers from Rising Voices projects recently took part in the One Day on Earth project. The project's goal is to collect submissions in the form of videos and images from around the world to provide a broad look at life on earth on one day, October 10, 2010. Here are the submissions along with background information from two bloggers from the Rising Voices projects Foko and Exploring Taboos.


In the city of Antananarivo, Lalatiana Rahariniaina shot video of markets and public transportation on the Sunday morning. Her video was accompanied by the music of her friend Olombelo Ricky, who gave her permission to use his song.

On her blog DagoTiako, she explains a little bit about her experiences filming for the project.

It was a Sunday morning; most of the shops and offices were closed. And I did not want to go to church with my jeans and sneakers. There was a little moment of thinking and… “Bingo!”, there are always markets even on Sunday. My husband did not want me to go there. You could guess it, this would not be safe for me and my camera. But stubborn as I am, I went down the streets and headed to the markets anyway. My poor husband did not let me alone of course, he finally decided to be my “guard” :D (My husband is lovely, isn’t he? ;) ). Anyway, I could make the video, only a few people I met in the streets were reluctant with the project, but I sincerely appreciated the sellers in Behoririka market, the bus driver, its conductor and all the passengers who nicely agreed to be part of my film.

Exploring Taboos

The second submission comes from Nawara Belal in the city of Cairo, Egypt. She and her friends narrated images that were shot on October 10, 2010. The topic of the video is about the rights of females in Egypt, and it complements many of the subjects she writes about in her blog Nooning [ar/en] as part of the Exploring Taboos project. She explains that each of the three women hold their own opinions on their personal freedom and right to self-expression in the country. She writes:

The first girl is a single woman living in a separate department in the same building have very high hopes even if her words seem simple, she is a simply complicated woman.

The second girl is a married woman living with her 2 young boys in a separate appartment in the same building, she has always wished for more than has presented to her and she works hard to earn that.

The third girl, is the elder sister married and living with her children and husband in also a separate appartment in the same building. you can call her old fashioned but I see in her, a deeply real woman at heart.

Submissions like these are only two of many from the around the world, and some of which will be used in the documentary film to be put together by project organizers. A trailer has already been released showing samples of some of the images submitted around the world.

One Day on Earth – 1st week teaser from One Day On Earth on Vimeo.


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