‘Last Train Home’ Goes on Long Journey With Chinese Migrant Workers

BY Meghan K. Welsh  September 21, 2011 at 4:28 PM EST

On Thursday’s NewsHour a conversation with filmmaker Lixin Fan, director of the documentary ‘Last Train Home,’ will air as part of our partnership with The Economist Film Project.

The film documents the migration of millions of Chinese workers during the Chinese New Year — the largest human migration in the world — through the prism of two parents, who leave behind their two children in their home village for grueling factory jobs in the city.

“Last Train Home” is scheduled to air on POV on Sept. 27 on most PBS stations. (Check your local listings.) Here’s a preview of the film:

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Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Fan will air on the PBS NewsHour on Thursday. For now, here’s an extended clip from that conversation: