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Machines (12A)


Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India.

The critical consensus

The film has a quietly devastating charge.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 16/05/2017

The men claim not to feel exploited, they are victims of a poverty that cannot be cured but you might think otherwise after watching a workplace that belongs to the Victorian era.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 19/05/2017

With the mystery and potency of a dream, Rahul Jain’s documentary focuses on conditions in the factories of Gujurat, many of which supply clothes to the west.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/05/2017

Short and sharp, but the point it states is evident in the images.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 19/05/2017

Rahul Jain’s film takes us into the hazardous, punishing heart of the global textile industry.

*****Simran Hans, The Observer, 21/05/2017

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday May 19, 2017, until Sunday May 21, 2017. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday June 2, 2017, until Thursday June 8, 2017. More info:

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