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Last Train Home


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Here is a rare inside look at where your stuff comes from. The central event in China today is the mass migration of 100 million country folk to the cities to work in factories. This documentary follows one family out of those 100 million as it sacrifices everything to gain very little. Just getting the last train home at New Year’s is an ordeal worthy of arctic expedition. This raw and candid film is really a coming of age story about a typical teenage girl who can’t leave her boring farm quick enough, and the great pain her parents endure to help her succeed. But in the end it is a heartbreaking family drama — one played out millions and millions of times. With no preaching, you get to see the actual costs of the cheap jeans and electronics we purchase today. A big global picture is painted with this very intimate portrait of real life in the real China.

— KK

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Last Train Home
Lixin Fan
2009, 90 minutes
$4, Amazon Instant Video rental

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Posted May 6, 2011 at 9:15 am | comments



Comments
  • Delightful film. I loved this article. Thanks.

  • fan liu

    A plain documentary. An ordinary chinese farm family out of 674 million chinese farmers. Such a small family cann’t holdĀ a big dream. All the conflicts bewteen the daughter and her parents in the film stemmed from the gap between the dream and the reality.

  • Anthony Harris

    Another very good documentary: Nation of Exiles

    http://vimeo.com/18416495