MACHINES + Q&A
Dir. Rahul Jain, India/ Germany, 2016, 75 Mins
A compelling look behind the doors of an Indian textile factory
Exploring the human cost of mass production in our globalised world, Machines takes the viewer on a journey deep into the bowels of a vast and disorientating structure: a textile factory in Gujarat, India. Day and night, its engines run; in dim rooms, men operate machinery, dye intricately patterned fabrics; young children hunt through waste and work without time to rest.
Since the 1960s, India has seen unprecedented, unregulated industrialisation. Through powerful interviews and vivid images, this film foregrounds the stories of its workers. Evoking the unrelenting rhythm of factory life, it lays bare the exploitation and hardship at the heart of contemporary capitalism.
Q&A with director Rahul Jain following the screening will be hosted byNico Marzano, ICA Film Programmer and FoR Curator