DOK LEIPZIG 30 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER 2017
60TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Machines


Machines




CATALOGUE TEXT
The camera movements are ghostlike because it is a disembodied presence floating through the factory. But what it captures is surreal: infernal fires and reams of fabric falling like water. It’s noisy, it’s dark, but on the back of this image-hungry creature we move quickly through the rooms. It’s not clear what it is looking for. Sometimes it will hide, crouching in a corner, lurking for the workers who don’t seem to notice. There’s humidity everywhere, liquids, tinctures and sweat. And the sound of turning rollers. A textile factory in the Indian state of Gujarat, which nobody visits unless absolutely forced to. Still, there are jobs here, albeit badly paid, and no trace of union structures. “The state of Gujarat has fed the stomachs of the poor,” somebody says in the film.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for Healthy Workplaces Film Award

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Credits
Original Title: Machines
Country: India, Germany, Finland
Year: 2016
Language: Hindi
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 71 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Rahul Jain
Producer: Rahul Jain, Thanassis Karathanos, Iikka Vehkalahti
Cinematographer: Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
Editor: Rahul Jain, Yaël Bitton
Sound: Susmit Nath, Adrian Baumeister
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