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Watched: 6 February

Rahul Jain’s film shows – in some depth – the workers and workings of a textile factory in Gujarat, India, the camera slowly moving around the giant machinery and huge rolls of material, occasionally catching napping employees presumably exhausted on account of their twelve-hour shifts. The conditions are poor, and the men here earn roughly $3 per day for their toil. There is little context provided, but it’s hardly difficult to get a handle on what you are watching, and to help things along plenty of people are interviewed; included in the number is the boss of the firm, who tries and fails to dismiss concerns about the working environment and low pay, while the most effective scene sees a number of frustrated employees – many of whom have relocated in order to work here – gather round the camera and bemoan the fact that nothing will change for them after the director leaves and the film gets released. (***½)