By Rahul JAIN


Documentary - Completed 2016

A visually compelling look behind the doors of a giant textile factory in India, exploring the meaning of modern day labor, exploitation and the human cost of mass production in our globalized world.

& Awards

IDFA 2016
Main Competition
Sundance Film Festival 2017
World Documentaries Spec. Jury Award Excellence in Cinematography
Zurich FF 2017
International Documentary Film Competition Golden Eye for Best Film
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • HINDI
    • Duration
    • 71 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Rahul JAIN
    • Producer(s)
    • Rahul JAIN, Thanassis KARATHANOS, Iikka VEHKALAHTI
    • Synopsis
    • Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly 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 and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a journey to a place of dehumanising physical labor and intense hardship, provoking cause for thought about persistent pre-industrial working conditions and the huge divide between first world and developing countries. Since the 1960s the area of Sachin in western India has undergone unprecedented, unregulated industrialisation, exemplified in its numerous textile factories. MACHINES portraits only one of these factories, while at the same time representing the thousands of labourers working, living and suffering in an environment they can’t escape without unity. With strong visual language, memorable images and carefully selected interviews of the workers themselves, Jain tells a story of inequality and oppression, humans and machines.