India / Germany / Finland 2016, 75 min, Hindi, Hebrew & English subtitles

In a closed, hot, sweltering, world, two kinds of creatures coexist: Enormous machines that squeak, knock, and squeal, and alongside them, tiny dot-like nano-machines—the workers. This is a monotonous factory in India, where dazzling, colorful fabrics are manufactured by people moving back and forth, climbing and crawling, pushing and shoving. Sometimes, they all seem to blend together: the bolts and the muscles, the sweat and the huge flames from the furnaces. But when the camera delves deep into this claustrophobic labyrinth, exposing the factory’s hidden depths, the production process suddenly seems to take on a human form and voice. Questions about working conditions, wage gaps, and exploitation, echo throughout the film, which manages to stun all the senses at once.

Previous Festivals:

IDFA, Sundance



  • Sat 13.05 15:00 Cinemateque 1
  • Thu 18.05 13:00 Cinemateque 4
Director & Script: Rahul Jain
Production: Rahul Jain, Thanassis Karathanos, Iikka Vehkalahti
Editing: Rahul Jain, Yaël Bitton
Cinematography: Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
Soundtrack: Susmit 'bob' Nath
World Sales: Autlook Filmsales (


Rahul Jain is from New Delhi and grew up grew up in the Himalayas. He recently graduated with a Bachelors
of Fine Arts in Film and Video from the California Institute of The Arts and is presently pursuing a
Writing M.A in Aesthetics and Politics. He is interested in distance, otherness and the everyday. Machines
is the debut production of Rahul Jain