Machines

Direction
Year
2016
Country
  • India
  • Germany
  • Finland
Duration
71min
Audio Tracks
Subtitles

Moving through the corridors and bowels of an enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a descent down to a dehumanised place of physical labour and intense hardship. This gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India becomes a 21st century equivalent of Dante’s Inferno. Director Rahul Jain observes the life of the workers, the suffering and the environment they can hardly escape from with thoughtful intimacy. With strong visual language, memorable images and carefully selected interviews of the workers themselves, Jain tells a story of inequality, oppression and the huge divide between rich, poor, and the perspectives of both.

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Details

  • Original title
    Machines
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Rahul Jain
  • DOP
    Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
  • Editing
    Yaël Bitton, Rahul Jain
  • Sound
    Susmit ,Bob‘ Nath
  • Duration
    71 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2016
  • Country
    • India
    • Germany
    • Finland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • IDFA Documentary Festival, Netherlands
    • Sundance Film Festival, USA
    • Docpoint Helsinki, Finland
    • Docpoint Tallinn, Estonia
    • Doc Fortnight – MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, USA
    • CPH:DOX, Denmark
    • Vilnius IFF, Lithuania
    • Movies that Matter Festival, Netherlands
    • DOCVILLE IDFF, Belgium
    • Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival, Slovenia
    • It’s All True IDFF, Brasil
    • Sofia IFF, Bulgaria
    • DocuDays, Ukraine
    • Frames of Representation, UK
    • Hot Docs IDFF, Canada
    • Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland
    • Documentamadrid, Spain
    • CinéDOC-Tbilisi, Georgia
    • Docaviv, Israel
    • TRT Documentary Days, Turkey
    • Docsbarcelona, Spain
    • Transilvania IFF, Romania
    • Lemesos IDFF, Cyprus
    • Melbourne IFF, Australia
    • MakeDox, Macedonia
    • Duhok IFF, Iraq/Kurdistan
    • International Film Festival of Asian Pacific, Russia
    • Cine Migrante IFF, Argentina
    • Bergen IFF, Norway
    • YAMAGATA IDFF, Japan
    • ONE WORLD – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic
    • Zürich FF, Switzerland
    • Viennale, Austria
    • DOK Leipzig, Germany
  • Awards
    • Human Values Award of the hellenic parliament, Thessaloniki DFF
    • Fipresci Award, Thessaloniki DFF
    • International Jury Award, Thessaloniki DFF
    • World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography, Sundance
    • Best International Documentary Film, Zurich FF
    • Silver Gateway Prize of the India Gold Competition, Mumbai FF
    • Best Single Documentary – International, Grierson – The British Documentary Awards

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