Last Train Home


FAN Lixin | 范立欣

Canada | 85 minutes | 2009 | Documentary | Sichuanese and Mandarin Chinese | English Subtitles | PG
加拿大 | 85 分钟 | 2009 | 纪录片 | 四川方言和普通话 | 英文字幕 | PG

The 22nd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) –
Best Feature Documentary
荷兰阿姆斯特丹国际纪录片电影节 – 最佳纪录长片

7:30 – 9:00 PM, SAT, AUG 11
Innis Town Hall

Chunyun, literally “spring transportation”, is a hectic 40-day period around the Chinese New Year, with hundreds of millions of migrant workers travelling back home for family reunions. This mind-boggling “largest annual human migration on earth” is delicately captured in director FAN Lixin’s Last Train Home. Fan takes a close-up of one single migrant family, the Zhangs. In 1990, Zhang and his wife left their young children to find work in the city, consoled by the hope that their wages would lift their children into a better life. But their dreams were shattered when their daughter, Qin, dropped out of school and became a migrant worker herself.


Director 导演

FAN Lixin was born in and grew up in China during times of modernization. Before moving to Canada, he worked as a journalist with the national television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), traveling the country and experiencing inequality caused by China’s rapid economic expansion. As a result, he became a documentary filmmaker with a focus on social issues. Last Train Home is his directorial debut, which won the Best Feature Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and two Emmy Awards.


Credits 演职员名单

  • Director 导演:FAN Lixin 范立欣
  • Producer 制片人:Mila AUNG-THWIN 米拉·奥-特温, Daniel CROSS 丹尼尔·克洛斯
  • Cinematographer 摄影:FAN Lixin 范立欣
  • Editor 剪辑:FAN Lixin 范立欣、Mary STEPHENS 玛丽·斯蒂芬斯
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