Everyone knows how common a name is. Maybe not a full name in some cases, but a first name in particular is pretty common. It’s not common for an occurrence of people with the same first name to be in the same place though. Maybe one or a few, but not a lot. I have yet to unite with a legion of other Nick’s myself. But for now, there are ways to unite the first name of many people, through a documentary. Unlike some abomination I’ve seen, 24 Davids brings us stories of, you guessed it, 24 people named David. They’re all different ages, different careers, and they all have different ideas. I’ve seen films with 24fps, and films with 24 different kinds of shots. But never 24 people with the name David (at least not a documentary). What’s next, a doc on 24 bitcoin resources? They’d probably be Canadian Bitcoin Casinos at most.
Our first David is David Bollier, who tries to make people aware of how privatization affects us. Then there’s David Lida, a researcher in Mexico looking into the economy, David Marsh who does his research on cosmology, and David Hernandez who focuses on martial arts, rap, and helping people figure out society. Later on, we get introduced to David Vargas, who works in the Mexican countryside building water filtering systems, David Escobar, who dwells on history and politics, Juan David Serna who helps harvest the community garden in his local village, David Poulin, who works as a teacher, and David Morrissey who debates on the accuracy of a universe being flat. However other Davids I mentioned earlier have a different viewpoint on the last. Continuing on, there are more Davids include David Ospina who teaches a kindergarten class, David Diaz, better known as DJ Fresh for his sick beats, David Senechal who explains how universe structures are complex, and David Lindo who has a huge interest in birding. Next thing you know, we get introduced to someone else who is a lady who isn’t quite exactly a David, but she does have a son named David Dewhurst who protests against the behaviours and troubles caused by government systems, and from there he lets locals of his little eco community talk about what they do to live their lives. After a brief eco-explanation of views clashing, we go back to more Davids. Such as David Buttery who lives in a houseboat with his wife, David Swan, a man explaining his story of how his mother died, Optimist David Blackwell trying to make the world a happier place, David Kitchen, a cyclist and beer enthusiast, and David Obeng, the host of a radio program. The final Davids are David Agboto Tete, a high school student learning about technology, David Kwame who is working hard to clean up the assorted waste around the land in his home, artist David Ashong along with his good friends making exhibits and poetry, David Hiamambe and his family who work hard on making backpacks out of sachets for children, and finally, David Tenu a man who chose to never quit after a car accident changed his life forever. There’s also one other David, but we don’t hear too much about his story.
Throughout the documentary, we also get treated to an abundant amount of b-roll footage showing the different places these many different Davids live in. The Davids are everywhere, all around Mexico, France, some places in England, North America, even Africa. It’s quite a spread.
From what one gathered, it’s all about different Davids, but there’s more than what one would expect. These Davids not only talk about what they do professionally, they also share some of their backstories, their perspective on the economy, educational insight on equations and physics, and so many details it’s crazy. With the different perspectives intertwining, it shows how everyone can have a few similarities in studies, but still have many major differences with each other. Therefore, there’s quite the clash of world views, and it all boils down to how people will get out of such a big crazy struggle. Going on for a little over two hours, 24 Davids gives a near world tour of men named David who are working hard to make a difference… in different ways. Celine Baril really went all out on this journey and really put in a lot of descriptive bits that are useful. You learn a lot for something that’s free online, but for certain rates it’s better to look for a speedypaper discount code. Either way, the 24 Davids taught me more about the world than any history Social Studies I was in. But then, most of them focused on WWII, roman times, and some stuff I didn’t pay attention to at all.
24 Davids is available to view on NFB.ca