Rahul Jain

India, Germany, Finland, 2016 / 75 min / Hindi OV with English subtitles / Documentary

With the support of Fairtrade Lëtzebuerg

Journey through the nightmarish bowels of the textile industry.

Rahul Jain presents an immersive, observant portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. Moving through the corridors and bowels of the enormous disorientating and nightmarish structure, the camera takes the viewer on a journey to a place of dehumanising physical labour and intense hardship, provoking cause for thought about the persistent pre-industrial working conditions of thousands of labourers working, living and suffering in an environment they can’t escape without solidarity. “Machines” is a visceral, intensely cinematic experience that offers indelible impressions of machine labor through mesmerizing chiaroscuro imagery that echoes Salgado.

Sun 05/03 17:00 Cinémathèque OV with EN subt. Public
Mon 06/03 21:00 Ciné Utopia OV with EN subt. Public

“A visceral, intensely cinematic experience, Machines explores the intertwining of worker and machine, labor and commodity, and humanity and industrialization. Through mesmerizing chiaroscuro imagery that echoes Salgado, Machines offers indelible impressions of machine labor.” Sundance Film Festival 2016

 “(A)n all-too-rare combination of artistic vision and social conscience, eye-opening and austerely uncompromising” Neil Young for The Hollywood Reporter, 30/12/2016

“Jain’s debut feature dispenses with music or voice-over narration to focus on the sights and sounds of a vast textile factory that starts to assume the nightmare quality of something from a Fritz Lang silent epic. Sound is especially important as we hear a symphony of industrial production composed of whirring machines, hissing steam, clattering looms and belching furnaces. Health and safety concerns are non-existent. There is little sign of proper sanitation in a soggy, squalid factory where men and boys work backbreaking twelve hour shifts creating acres of the most beautiful fabrics….A scarf or cloth is all the protection these workers have against fumes and damp. The title may be Machines but there is precious little sign of automation. The real machines here are human as the men stoke furnaces, drag huge vats of chemicals, pull looms, push, shove, carry and keep everything running smoothly.” Allan Hunter, Screen Daily, 11/30/2016

Cast & Credits
Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
Susmit Nath
Jann Pictures, Pallas Film GmbH, IV FILMS LTD
Autlook Filmsales

Born in New Delhi, Rahul Jain grew up in various regions in India, such as Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. He recently graduated with a bachelor’s of fine arts in film and video from the California Institute of the Arts and is presently pursuing a writing MA in aesthetics and politics. “Machines” marks his debut feature.

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