A Place in Time

Original Release: April 27, 2007 (Tribeca Film Festival, US)
Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Produced by: Sam Connelly, Holly Goline
Running Time: 70 minutes

The film takes a look at the daily lives of people in more than two dozen countries around the world during the course of a week.

In the film, celebrity friends of Jolie visit orphanages, refugee camps and other areas of concern in an effort to raise awareness and encourage cultural understanding.

It is an experimental documentary that seeks to capture both the diversity of life around the globe and the similarities of the human spirit by filming in many places in the world at precisely the same moment.


Hazel Armenante, Nicole Barré, Anne Hathaway, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Wyclef Jean, Angelina Jolie, Hilary Swank, Bai Ling, Olivier Martinez, Jonny Lee Miller, Ryan Gosling, Sean Astin, Colin Farrell, Loung Ung, Nandita Das, David de Rothschild, Holly Goline-Sadowski

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Filming Dates: January 2005
  • This was Angelina Jolie's directorial debut.
  • The film was shot in 2005 under the working title "A Moment in the World" and features footage from 40 camera crews that were dispatched across the globe for a period of six days
  • The estimated budget for this documentary was $500,000.
  • Wyclef Jean made the music for this documentary.
  • Angelina Jolie wanted to make a film about simultaneous moments around the world to illustrate the connection between us. She said it was both exciting and challenging to coordinate 49 film crews around the world to roll at the same time.
  • Angelina Jolie's friend and the godmother of Maddox, Jillian Armenante's daughter Hazel Armenante is in this documentary. Jillian might be as well.
  • The actors and artists went to Angelina Jolie (Niger), Hazel Armenante, Nicole Barré, Anne Hathaway (Cambodia), Jude Law (New Orleans, Louisiana), Djimon Hounsou (Los Angeles, California), Wyclef Jean (Haiti), Hilary Swank (New York City, New York), Bai Ling (Kosovo), Olivier Martinez (Cape Horn), Jonny Lee Miller (Angola), Ryan Gosling (Chad), Sean Austin (Argentina), Colin Farrell (Italy), Loung Ung (Cambodia), Nandita Das (India), David de Rothschild (Antarctica), Holly Goline-Sadowski.
  • On January 11, 2005, at 12:00 noon Greenwich Mean Time, all 27 crews captured what was in front of their cameras for three uninterrupted minutes. The result is the penultimate scene of the film in which a juxtaposition of moments creates a sample of the broad tapestry of life that makes up any given moment on earth.
  • On Friday, April 27, 2007, Jolie, Wyclef Jean, Jude Law, Hilary Swank, and others involved in the film debuted it at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival.
  • The audience of the Tribeca Film Festival screening included over 600 New York high-school students.
  • It was distributed through the National Education Association.

Quotes from Cast & Crew

Angelina Jolie: "This one came together in the end because it started in a pure place. It wasn't, 'I want to make a movie, or I want people to come and see a movie.' I didn't plan to get lucky and work with a school board. It was just we all felt there was something beautiful that wasn't being shared. I think is something comes from an organic place that is genuine and then you follow through, no one can ever tell you something is wrong with it. No one can ever knock you down when they say that doesn't really work because you say, 'Yeah, but we love it. It's honest and it's ours.'"

Read the study guide here.