The mind-boggling notion of 130 million Chinese migrant workers making their way home from inhospitable industrial cities to impoverished villages once each year gets a…
Movie Review

Last Train Home

FAMILY TRIP Changhua Zhang, Suqin Chen, and Qin Zhang in Last Train Home
FAMILY TRIP Changhua Zhang, Suqin Chen, and Qin Zhang in Last Train Home

The mind-boggling notion of 130 million Chinese migrant workers making their way home from inhospitable industrial cities to impoverished villages once each year gets a human face in Lixin Fan's extraordinary, vital documentary Last Train Home. The filmmaker follows a couple — they work in a jeans factory seven days a week — on their arduous annual journey to visit the older and younger generations abandoned by China's economic ''miracle.'' This is essential viewing for understanding our world. A

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Originally posted Sep 08, 2010 Published in issue #1120-1121 Sep 17, 2010 Order article reprints
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