Machines

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Machines

Rahul Jain
Indien/D/FIN, 2016
Documentaries, 75min, OmeU

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Machines

Rahul Jain
Indien/D/FIN, 2016
Documentaries, 75min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Rahul Jain
Sound: 
Susmit «Bob» Nath
Camera: 
Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
Editor: 
Yaël Bitton
Rahul Jain

Production: 
Jann Pictures
Pallas Film Gmbh
IV Films Ltd.
World Sales: 
Autlook Filmsales
Format: 
DCP
Color

If this was a Harun Farocki film, it would be “Workers never Leaving the Factory”. References to northern england in the early 1800’s come to mind, but this is probably still worse than any Dickens novel. In MACHINES we walk into the fiery flames of a giant indian sweatshop. In a scene, a man is stoking an industrial furnace, only protected by a handkerchief. In this film, the titular machines are of steel and flesh. Artful filmmaking and camera work literally walk or float us through the enclosed eco-system in clever tracking and following shots. It is Jain’s masterly timing and dramaturgy that every time you are about to get lost in the initially isolated and cryptic steps of the industrial process he knowingly steps in with an intervention or short interview. Jain uniquely puts the viewer at eye level with the workers, entangling and capturing them in the same limited scope of action and (false) hope, simulating the depressing and frustrating non-choices of these millions of migrant daylabourers. (Jutta Brendemühl)

In the presence of Rahul Jain.