Magazine article New Internationalist

Machines

Magazine article New Internationalist

Machines

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Machines (75 minutes)

directed and written by Rahul Jain

In the mainstream media, we only occasionally hear about pay and conditions in textile factories in faraway places. When we do, it is because campaigners have disrupted shopping, or when there is a catastrophe that cannot be ignored.

Over the past 50 years Gujarat has massively industrialized and, as a boy, debut director Jain often visited his grandfather's textile factory there. The factory in this film is a different one, but family connections gave Jain privileged access. You have to wonder about his relatives' responses to the eye-opening scenes he has recorded.

The huge, dank, badly lit, sweltering (and apparently stinking) factory, built only 12 years ago, is an astonishing mix of high- and low-tech. We watch a boy perched under big electrically-driven rollers, endlessly repeating the same arm movements to prevent cloth tangling. …

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