One Day On Earth, a project that aims to document the world via online video, has teamed up with American journalist Rachel Anderson to tell the real, true-life story of the Libyan Revolution. Rachel wants to share weekly video reports, via One Day On Earth, from Libyan soil, documenting the lives of young revolutionaries, from young women to rap artists. The problem? Rachel began her project, filming for three weeks in Libya, but was forced to leave when her safety was questioned. She, and One Day On Earth, have started a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the necessary funds so that Rachel can get back to Libya and begin filing weekly video reports about the conflict.
I had the opportunity to ask Brandon Litman, Executive Producer of One Day On Earth, some questions about the project. You can read what he had to say below, but first, check out Rachel’s Kickstarter campaign video.
I asked Brandon Litman where viewers would be able to watch Rachel’s reports on the Libyan conflict. He told me, “Once we raise the funds to properly launch Rachel’s coverage, all content will be hosted on OneDayOnEarth.org—While in Libya, at the beginning of the revolution, she took about 20 hours of footage. We’ll be using some of that footage to help give an introduction to the people we’ll be following.” For those of you who are curious about what you can expect from Rachel’s coverage, here’s a report that she filed during the revolution in Egypt:
I wondered how One Day On Earth became connected with Rachel. Brandon told me, “At the beginning of the revolution we reached out to a couple dozen of our members in Libya (which we temporarily hid their profiles for security reasons). We immediately started to receive news and video and were in communication with activists on the ground. Rachel was already freelance reporting in Libya by then and we were referred to her. After a quick chat, we immediately knew that she was going to be able to offer a perspective that no one else could.”
I asked Brandon if One Day On Earth was working with any other members of their community in Libya and beyond to cover the conflict. He said, “Since One Day On Earth was launched as a collaborative community many of our members are interested in helping, sharing their perspective and making referrals. We have heard feedback from Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, Egypt, and Syria as well. The way the events unfolded in Libya created an immediate and dire need to use every channel available to share video and stories. Our contacts, who were students, business professionals, teachers, and ordinary citizens have showed a lot of bravery in checking in and sharing ideas.” Brandon told me, “As of right now, much of the information we pass along to other media channels, but our collaboration with Rachel will allow us to follow some of these developments and share it through a new angle, primarily focused on youth involvement.”
If One Day On Earth and Rachel Anderson succeed in reaching their Kickstarter goal, and raising enough funds to get Rachel back to Libya, this project could potentially be one of the most interesting views we’ve seen of the revolution. We watch footage of the violence, footage of the protests, but to see the lives of the young revolutionaries, professionally shot and edited together could be eye opening in ways we cannot even imagine.
Check out the Kickstarter page and let us know what you think of One Day On Earth and Rachel Anderson’s initiative.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.