DocumentaMadrid 2017


Rahul Jain
71' / 2016 / Finland, Germany, India

Special Mention of the Jury for the Feature Length Documentary (Ex Aequo)

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 industrialization, exemplified in its numerous textile factories.
Machines portraits only one of these factories, while at the same time representing the thousands of laborers 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.

Main Festivals & Awards

IDFA- Main Competition (2017)
Sundance World Competition (2016)
Docpoint Helsinki (2017)
CPH: DOX (2017)
Docville (2017)

Sundance - World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography (2017)
Thessaloniki DFF - Human Values Award of the Hellenic Parliament (2017) Thessaloniki DFF - Fipresci Award (2017)
Thessaloniki DFF - International Jury Award (2017)

Director's Biography

Rahul Jain is from New Delhi and grew up in the Himalayas. He recently graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film and Video from 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 the debut production of Rahul Jain.

More information

Director:Rahul Jain
Language: Hindi
English and spanish subtitled
Photography: Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
Edition: Rahul Jain, Yaël Bitton
Sound: Susmit, Bob' Nath
Production: Jann Pictures, Pallas Film GmbH, IV FILMS LTD
Producers: Rahul Jain, Thanassis Karathanos, Iikka Vehkalahti
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Thursday 11th 18:00

Sunday 14th 18:00


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