Description: 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. (Zeitgeist Films)


Production Company Eye Steel Film, Téléfilm Canada, Rogers Group of Funds, Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles (SODEC), Crédit d'Impôt Cinéma et Télévision, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC), ITVS International, Super Channel, Channel Four, TV5 Quebec, Canada Council for the Arts, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, Jan Vrijman Fund, The Canwest Hot Docs Completion Fund, Yuan Fang Media
Release Date Sep 3, 2010
Duration 1 h 25 m
Rating Not Rated
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