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Rahul Jain
IN DE FI 2016    71'
⚬ Human Interest ⚬ Society 


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 machines.




Rahul Jain


Rahul Jain, Thanassis Karathanos, Iikka Vehkalahti

Production Company

Jann Pictures, Pallas Film GmbH, IV FILMS LTD


Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva


Rahul Jain, Yaël Bitton


Susmit ‚Bob‘ Nath


World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography

Sundance 2017

Best Single Documentary - International

The Grierson Trust Awards 2017

Best Cinematography

IDA Awards 2017

Human Values Award

Thessaloniki DFF 2017

Fipresci Award

Thessaloniki DFF 2017

International Jury Award

Thessaloniki DFF 2017

Award for Moral Approach

Make Dox 2017

Best First Documentary

GZDOC 2017

Best Documentary

Pondicherry IFF 2017


IDFA 2016

Sundance 2017

Docpoint Helsinki 2017

Doc Fortnight 2017

Frames of Representation @ ICA London 2017

CPH:DOX 2017

Docville 2017

Docs Against Gravity 2017

DocAviv 2017 

Docs Barcelona 2017

Hot Docs 2017

Docpoint Tallinn 2017

Vilnius IFF 2017

Movies that Matter Festival 2017

Taoyuan FFl 2017

Ljubljana DFF 2017

Sofia IFF 2017

DocuDays Ukraine 2017

It's All True IDF 2017

One World Prague 2017

Mumbai Film Festival 2017

Bergen IFF 2017

Transilvania IFF 2017

Makedox 2017

Melbourne IFF 2017

Yamagata IDFF 2017

Tromsø IFF 2018


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Film Details

Runtime 71'
Spoken Languages Hindi
Production Countries Finland, Germany, India


Rahul Jain is from New Delhi and grew up grew up in the Himalayas. He recently graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film and Video from the California Institute of The Arts and is presently pursuing a Writing M.A in Aesthetics and Politics. He is interested in distance, otherness and the everyday. MACHINES is the debut production of Rahul Jain. 


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