The International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) runs from November 16 through November 27 and is the world’s largest documentary film festival. Its mission is promote and present creative documentaries to the widest audience possible, and one of the films that’s set to be screened is Rahul Jain’s “Machines,” which presents an intimate portrayal of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India.
The film examines the dehumanizing physical labor and hardship in the factory, exposes the pre-industrial working conditions and the huge divide between first world and developing countries. Though “Machines” only portrays one of these factories, it also represents the thousands of laborers as well. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.
This is Jain’s debut production. He is from New Delhi and a recent graduate from the California Institute of The Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film and Video. He’s currently pursuing a Writing M.A in Aesthetics and Politics.
“Machines” premieres tonight, November 17, at 6:45 p.m. at Munt 11 in Amsterdam as part of the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. It will screen on the following additional dates: Friday, Nov 18 at 7:30 at EYE Cinema 2; Tuesday, November 22 at 5:15 p.m. at Tuschinski 1; Thursday, November 24 at 10:45 at Tuschinski 4; and Saturday, November 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Munt 9.