Hypnotic, labyrinthine and horrifying. Thousands of exhausted workers, long 12-hour days, and a huge textile factory in Surat, an industrial city in the Northwest of India. The camera travels, light, through the alleys of this invisible sub-world where humans and machines are the same thing. The expressive sounds generate a mechanical rhythm which brings us closer to the workers’ inner world.
Filmmaker Rahul Jain’s debut feature is brave and personal. The short conversations he has with the workers throw us off and add a new layer to a film that goes beyond reporting labour exploitation. We observe, stunned, a dramatic reality which grabs us with its visual and sound exuberance.
About direction (Rahul Jain)
Rahul Jain is a documentary director born in New Delhi, raised in the Himalayas and educated in the U.S. He recently graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film and Video at the California Institute of The Arts and is presently pursuing a Writing M.A in Aesthetics and Politics. He is interested in distance, otherness and the everyday. Machines is his first feature-length documentary.
Awards & Festivals
- IDFA - Netherlands, 2016
- Docpoint Talinn - Estonia, 2016
- CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival - Denmark, 2016
- Vilnius International Film Festival KINO PAVASARIS - Lithuania, 2016
- Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival - Slovenia, 2016
- Sofia IFF - Bulgaria, 2016
- DocuDays Ukraine - Ukraine, 2016
- Docpoint Helsinki - Finland, 2016
- Frames of Representation @ ICA London - United Kingdom, 2016
- Doc Fortnight, MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media - United States, 2017
- it's all true IDF - Brazil, 2016
- ONE WORLD FESTIVAL / People in Need Czech Republic / Get your Audience program - Czech Republic, 2017
- “Human Values Award” of the hellenic parliament @ Thessaloniki DFF - Greece, 2016
- Fipresci Award @ Thessaloniki DFF - Greece, 2016
- International Jury Award @ Thessaloniki DFF - Greece, 2016
- World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography, Sundance - United States, 2017