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Last Train Home

The Film

Every spring, China’s cities 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 tragically 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 hit documentary Up the Yangtze) travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Like so many of China’s rural poor, Changhua and Sugin Zhang left behind their two infant children for grueling factory jobs. Their daughter Qin—now a restless and rebellious teenager—both bitterly resents their absence and longs for her own freedom away from school, much to the utter devastation of her parents. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home’s intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower.

Lixin Fan
Changhua Zhan, Suqin Chen, Qin Zhang, Yang Zhang, Tingsui Tang
Run Time
85 minutes
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Das Filmcafé
Schliemannstraße 15
10437, Prenzlauer Berg
Berlin, Germany

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Tickets are no longer available online. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Past Screenings

Inside Job

25 May, 2016


22 March, 2016

Last Train Home

25 February, 2016

The Internet’s Own Boy

28 January, 2016

The Salt of the Earth

26 November, 2015


28 August, 2015


30 July, 2016

Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present

25 June, 2015

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

22 May, 2015

The Human Scale

29 April, 2015

Page One: Inside the New York Times

31 March, 2015

Finding Vivian Maier

26 February, 2015

Tim’s Vermeer

29 January, 2015

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