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Last Train Home

Lixin Fan / Canada - China / 2009 / 85 ' / Chinese / S.T. English

Credits

Yung Chang & Mary Stephen
Lixin Fan
Olivier Alary
Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross, Bob Moore & Zhao Qi

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Awards & Festivals

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2009 - Best Feature Lenght Doc
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2010 - Best Documentary Feature Film
Directors Guild of America 2011 - Nominated
Genie Awards 2011 - Best Documentary
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2011 - Best Doc
Sundance Film Festival 2010 - Nominated Grand Jury Prize

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Last Train Home’s intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower.

Synopsis

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. This mass exodus is the world’s largest human migration—an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future.

Working over several years in classic verité style Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan (with the producers of the award-winning hit documentary Up the Yangtze) travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Like so many of China’s rural poor, Zhang Changhua and Chen Suqin left behind their two infant children for grueling factory jobs. Their daughter Qin—now a restless and rebellious teenager—both bitterly resents their absence and longs for her own freedom away from school, much to the utter devastation of her parents.

Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home’s intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower.

 

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