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Grand Valley State University

Global Film Series: Last Train Home

Monday, November 19, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

MAK BLL 126, Allendale Campus

Photography, Film & Video

East Asian Studies presents Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan's film, Last Train Home simplified Chinese: Rf; traditional Chinese: xÊ; pinyin: Guitu Lieche; (literally "Homeward Train") which won the Best Documentary Feature in 2009.

Every spring, Chinas cities are plunged into chaos as, all at once, a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train for 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, draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration.

Free admission and refreshments. For more information or special accommodations, contact the Area Studies office, or 616-331-8110.