Rahul Jain’s Machines to make its India Premiere in the India Gold section of MAMI 2017
Machines made its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017 won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for excellence in Cinematography
After making the World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017 and bagging the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for excellence in Cinematography, Rahul Jain’s internationally acclaimed directorial debut documentary feature, Machines to make its India Premiere in the competition category, India Gold in Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), 2017.
The film will also be screened at Dharamshala International Film Festival, 2017.
The documentary is a sensorial and kaleidoscopic meditation on the meaning of labor in an Indian textile sweatshop.
The film was selected as one of the Work-in-Progress Lab projects at NFDC’s Film Bazaar 2015 from where it got picked by international buyers and started its film festival journey.
Since then, the internationally acclaimed docu-feature has been screened and won awards in over 50 prestigious film festivals including Sundance Film Festival, INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM COMPETITION – IDFA 2016, HOT DOCS, CPH DOX THESSALONIKI, OPENING FILM – MUSEUM OF MODERN ART’S DOC FORTNIGHT, OPENING FILM – FRAMES OF REPRESENTATION – ICA – LONDON, VIENNALE – INTERNATIONAL FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES, DOKLEIPZIG – INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION.
The film produced by Rahul Jain (Jann Pictures) and co-produced by Iikka Vehkalahti (IV FILMS LTD), Thanassis Karathanos (Pallas Film) has released theatrically in across the world including UNITED STATES, UNITED KINGDOM, GERMANY, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, FINLAND and IRELAND.
The director-producer Rahul Jain says, “After releasing premiering throughout the venues of world cinema, It is my deepest happiness to bring Machines in the place where it was made. I am really looking forward to the film’s reception in India. And what better a place for that than MAMI itself”
Our technological times enable us to reduce working hours like never before in human civilization. But the reduction of effort by technology is a first world reality, where relatively comparable technology with lesser material infrastructure could do the same for a much higher mass of the population.
Since the 1960s, the area of Sachin, India has undergone unprecedented
Industrialization; exemplified in its numerous textile factories. Machines portrays only
One of these in Sachin and represents at the same time thousands of laborers working and living in an environment they can´t escape from without unity.
‘Machines’ attempts to examine the experiential reality of factory culture and labor processes through temporal observation. Rather than documenting chronology or history, it creates a portrait of the breathing rhythms of the humans who inhabit the labyrinths of the textile factory with its machines.
Film Festival journey and Awards
- Sundance film festival – United States
- World cinema award of excellence in cinematography
- Institute of Contemporary Art – New York City
- Frames of Representation – Opening Film
- CPH DoX Denmark
Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece –
Greek Hellenic Parliamentary Award
Human Rights Award
International documentary festival of Amsterdam – Netherlands –
- Documenta Madrid – Spain –
Docs Barcelona – Spain –
- MakeDox – Macedonia –
Best Moral Approach Award
- Olhar De Cinema – Brazil –
- Griersons Awards – United Kingdom –
- Nominated for Best Cinema Documentary (TBD)
- Asia Pacific Screen Awards – Australia –
- Best Documentary Nomination (TBD)
- Mumbai Film Festival – India
- Nominated for Best Indian Film (TBD)
- Yamagata Film Festival – Japan
- Nominated for Best Film (TBD)
- South Asian festival of films – Nepal
- Nominated for Best Film (TBD)