Ocean in a Drop has been completed. All 1 hour and 15 minutes of it. The good folks at the Digital Empowerment Foundation are in the midst of fulfilling all our crowdfunding rewards whilst back in Australia we’re pulling publicity materials together for screenings and film festival applications.
A big shout out to the team at the Digital Empowerment Foundation who worked with us on completing translations, transcriptions and subtitling of 67 interviews in Hindi and 10 in English. The last of the interviews, a beautiful morning spent in Munguska village, Alwar, with master bapang musician, Umer Farukh, was completed yesterday! That’s an awesome achievement.
Innovative, local broadcasters are shut-down in rural India due to strict licensing guidelines. A radio station established by a young man unable to read nor write, built all the tech required, including the transmitter, by teaching himself how basic transistor radio components functioned. His wife, Kiran, laments the day her village lost their radio station. Kiran and her husband Raghav are two of the people you will meet in Ocean in a Drop.
Andrew Garton‘s OCEAN IN A DROP asks: How can we welcome one billion rural, mostly below-the-poverty-line Indians online by 2020? In one rural community we found women who literally travel to pilgrimage destinations online. They tell us, in spite of knowing they will never reach these places with their physical presence, that they visit them online is a good as performing yantra, or pilgrimage. We visit a family of traditional musicians who play an unusual instrument, little known outside of India. They describe how digitising their poetry and music is preserving their culture for generations to come whilst their village succumbs to urbanisation. In post-production. Read full interview here.
We interviewed Osama Manzar in his home town in Bettiah, climbed a wireless for communities tower in Guna and in Baran children sang to us over an open source video conferencing network across wireless broadband towers connecting tribal villagers to each other. Samples from a teaser that had its inaugural screening at the forthcoming Manthan Award , 2 December, in New Dehli.
The first trailer for Ocean in a Drop is an epic eight minutes screening at the 2015 Manthan Award, India Habitat Centre, New Dehli.
India’s invisible majority are poor yet literate in their own traditions and increasingly online. Ocean in a Drop is a film about these emergent online peoples told by rural women and children, artisans an entrepreneurs shot in fourteen villages throughout nine districts across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.
A team of translators at DEF have transcribed around 60 interviews from various Hindi dialects into English. These transcriptions are being poured into subtitles, a detailed and time rich process. Subtitles have been prepared using open source tools, specifically the crowd sourced Amara and Subtitle Edit.