“Machines” is an innovative, politically charged but nearly hypnotic tour of a textile factory in Gujarat, the westernmost state of India.
Introduction and Q & A with Julie Schofield, Fulbright Scholar and Oswego graduate alum.
Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observant 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 portrays only one of these factories, while at the same time representing the thousands of laborers 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.
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