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Machines (2016)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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 ...

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fabric | textile factory | labour | See All (3) »

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Documentary

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India | Germany | Finland

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Hindi | English

Release Date:

24 February 2017 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Maskiner och människor See more »

Filming Locations:

Surat, India

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Budget:

€240,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,838, 13 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,626, 9 November 2017
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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16:9 HD
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24 March 2018 | by michellelemSee all my reviews

This beautifully shot documentary gives an intimate look into the lives of these workers. Although the subject is heavy and these workers are clearly being exploited, the optimism of the factory workers was fascinating. Jain's film gives tremendous freedom to the viewer to ask their own questions and reach their own conclusions.


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