Every spring on the New Year’s holiday, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages, forming the world’s largest human migration. For many workers this is the only time they will see their families each year. Lixin Fan’s documentary, Last Train Home (85 min.) takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life. Follow them as they return to a family growing distant and a daughter longing to leave school for work. This showing is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Check out the trailer for the film below:
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verite, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.