New garment factory doc: Machines
Watch out for this new film coming to UK cinemas in 2017.
Moving through the corridors and bowels of an enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a descent down to a dehumanized place of physical labor and intense hardship. This gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India might just as well be the decorum for a 21st century Dante’s Inferno. In his mind-provoking yet intimate portrayal, director Rahul Jain observes the life of the workers, the suffering and the environment they can hardly escape from. 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 (source).
Reviews and interviews
Oakley Anderson Moore (2017) Sundance Cinematography Winner ‘Machines’: ‘Time is the Primary Unit of Cinema’. No Film School 2 February
Vikram Murthy (2016) ‘Machines’ Exclusive Trailer: New Documentary Goes Inside a Textile Factory In Gujarat, India. IndieWire 17 November
Basil Tsoikos (2017) 2017 Sundance Docs in Focus: MACHINES. what (not) to doc 5 January
Sundance (2017) MACHINES by Rahul Jain World documentary competition. filmfestivals.com 4 January
Damon Wise (2016) ‘Machines’ Director Rahul Jain: ‘I Was Not Interested in Giving Any Answers’. Variety 27 November
Neil Young (2016) Rahul Jain’s Indian factory study ‘Machines’ bowed at IDFA and will compete in the World Documentary section at Sundance. Hollywood reporter 30 December