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‘Machines’ Director Rahul Jain: ‘I Was Not Interested in Giving Any Answers’

17 November 2016 6:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For his debut documentary feature, Delhi-born, U.S.-educated director Rahul Jain ignored the opinion of friends who told him that, if he wanted to see poverty, he should simply travel to the other side of town. Instead, with a small film unit, he took himself off to Gujarat, India’s westernmost state, to paint an intimate portrait of the migrant workers that gather there.

The results are surprising; while the visuals are hypnotic and frequently beautiful, the stories jar with our concepts of poverty in the modern age, as it is revealed that many of these workers are already in debt, having taken out travel loans to work 12-hour shifts and earn wages of just 7,000 rupees (approximately $100) per month.

Unusually for such a personal project, the director stays out of the frame – we never see his face or hear his voice – and it is this unobtrusive presence that slowly »

- Damon Wise

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