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World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography, Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva

With rare access to the guarded world of sweatshops, Rahul Jain brings us into one of the thousands of textile mills in heavily industrialized Sachin, India. To the rhythmic churning of machines, his anatomical exploration follows the flow of fabric through the labyrinthine factory as it’s carted around; spooled and unspooled; and passed through dye presses, baths, and sundry machines—ultimately headed to couture stores a world apart. But the dim and claustrophobic mill, with its chaotic patchwork of cords and pipes, is also home to human toil.

A visceral, intensely cinematic experience, Machines explores the intertwining of worker and machine, labor and commodity, and humanity and industrialization. Through mesmerizing chiaroscuro imagery that echoes Salgado, Machines offers indelible impressions of machine labor: a man battling a fiery furnace, a child repeatedly jolting himself awake as he feeds fabric along the line. And through scant dialogue, the film gives voice to the countless migrant workers who take out loans to travel great distances and work 12-hour days, often more—all for a chance at a barely livable existence.

YEAR 2016


COUNTRY India/Germany/Finland

RUN TIME 71 min


SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles


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Artist Bio

Rahul Jain

Born in New Delhi, Rahul Jain grew up in various regions in India, such as Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. He recently graduated with a bachelor’s of fine arts in film and video from the California Institute of the Arts and is presently pursuing a writing MA in aesthetics and politics. He is interested in the ideas of distance, otherness, and the everyday. Machines marks his debut feature.