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 populations told by rural women and children, artisans and entrepreneurs. Shot in 2015 the filmmakers visited fourteen villages throughout nine districts across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

A film by Andrew Garton in collaboration with the Digital Empowerment Foundation and INOMY Media and in association with the Internet SocietyAustralia India Institute and the Association for Progressive Communications. Ocean in a Drop is a production of Secession/Films.

Production commenced January 2015. Ocean in a Drop was completed February 2017 and screened on the Indian national broadcaster, DD1, in 2018. The film is accompanied by the book, Right to Know – India’s internet avantgarde, a soundtrack album. An eight-part web series, Right to Know, was commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications and released in 2018.

Duration: 75 mins
Completed: 22 February 2017

Licencing: Write to Andrew Garton for screening and/or site licences.


  • Writer / Director – Andrew Garton
  • Director of Photography – Jary Nemo
  • Second unit camera – Rohit Dhall
  • Design – Cathy Chen
  • Media and Translations – Udita Chaturvedi
  • Translator – Ravi Guria