Machines (film)

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Directed by Rahul Jain
Cinematography Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
Release date
November 17, 2016
Running time
71 minutes
Country India/Germany/Finland
Language Hindi

Machines is a 2016 documentary by Rahul Jain. The film is a look at factory life at a large textile mill in Gujarat, India. The work is Rahul Jain's debut film.


The film's austere cinematography depicts a gritty factory environment where workers put in twelve hour shifts to make colorful fabrics. Interviews with the workers, interspersed with long shorts of the factory and its workers, "give the film a political edge."[1]


The film was released on November 17, 2016 at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and played in the United States at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2017.[2]

The New York premier of the film was at the Museum of Modern Art on February 16, 2017.[1]

Reception and awards[edit]

The film has a 92% "Fresh" approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 25 reviews.[3]

Cinematographer Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva received the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for the film.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Machines. 2016. Directed by Rahul Jain". MoMA. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  2. ^ ""Release info" for Machines". IMDB. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Machines". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 

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