Machines

[:en]Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. Moving through the corridors and bowels of the enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a journey to a place of dehumanising physical labor and intense hardship, provoking cause for thought about persistent pre-industrial working conditions and the huge divide between first world and developing countries. Since the 1960s the area of Sachin in western India has undergone unprecedented, unregulated industrialisation, exemplified in its numerous textile factories. MACHINES portraits only one of these factories, while at the same time representing the thousands of labourers working, living and suffering in an environment they can’t escape without unity. With strong visual language, memorable images and carefully selected interviews of the workers themselves, Jain tells a story of inequality and oppression, humans and machines.[:es]Hipnótica, laberíntica y desoladora. Miles de trabajadores exhaustos, interminables jornadas laborales de 12 horas y una inmensa fábrica textil en Surat, una ciudad industrial situada en el noroeste de la India. La cámara viaja ligera por los pasillos de este submundo invisible, donde humanos y máquinas son iguales. La expresividad de los sonidos genera un ritmo mecánico que nos acerca al mundo interior de los trabajadores.

El cineasta Rahul Jain debuta con una obra valiente y personal. Las cortas conversaciones que mantiene con los trabajadores nos descolocan y añaden una nueva capa de lectura a un film que va más allá de la denuncia de la explotación laboral. Observemos, incrédulos, una realidad dramática que nos atrapa por su esplendor sonoro y visual.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm0gxjao36E[:]

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