Inside a textile factory in India

The Indian filmmaker Rahul Jain shows us spaces of dehumanized processes and extreme hardship through images of great beauty

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Since the 1960s, the Sachin region in Western India has experienced an unprecedented period of industrialization, most of all in the textile sector. When the film director Rahul Jain was a child, he liked to get lost in the labyrinthine corridors and the dark rooms of his grandfather’s clothing factory. At only five- years-old he felt tiny before those huge machines, almost always in operation, where people worked without a break.

He was so fascinated by this world that twenty years later he returned to make the award-winning documentary Machines. Through his camera, Jain takes us into a world of dehumanized processes and extreme hardship, in which machines and individuals share the common goal of productive output.

The documentary lacks a soundtrack or narrator, and yet the constant noise of the machines and the meticulous photography create an almost hypnotic effect on the viewer. Through brief interviews with the workers and the owners of the factory, we learn about the terrible inequalities in the industry of textile; one which we depend so much on in the West.

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