Area Studies

Global Eyes Film Series: "Last Train Home"

Date: November 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: AREA 51

Last Train Home(simplified Chinese: Rf; traditional Chinese: xÊ; pinyin: Gu+tú Lièch; literally "Homeward Train")


85 minutes

Directed by Lixin Fan

Last Train Home won the Best Documentary Feature at 2009.


Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos, as all at once, a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year. The wave is made up of millions of migrant factory workers. The homes they seek are the rural villages and families they left behind to seek work in the booming coastal cities. It is an epic spectacle that tells us much about China, a country discarding traditional ways as it hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance.  Last Train Home, an emotionally engaging and visually beautiful debut film from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan, draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration