Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, November 12, 2010 – Sunday, November 21, 2010

 Detroit Film Theatre

Canada/China/2009—directed by Lixin Fan (87 min.)

Every spring, China’s cities and railroads 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 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 documentary Up the Yangtze) traveled with one couple that has embarked on this annual trek for decades. Like so many of China’s rural poor, they left behind their infant children for grueling factory jobs. Their daughter—now a rebellious teenager—bitterly resents their absence and longs to drop out of school, much to the devastation of her parents. Emotionally gripping, Last Train Home’s intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as a superpower. In Mandarin and Sichuan dialects with English subtitles.

“A fascinating family documentary. Epic in scale, intimate in focus, unforgettable overall.” –Andrew O’Hehir,
Friday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, November 19 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 20 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 21 at 4:00 p.m.