Next on POV: ‘Last Train Home’

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'Last Train Home' directed by Lixin Fan

Last Train Home

POV‘s 24th season on PBS continues with the U.S. broadcast premiere of Last Train Home, a rich, human portrait of China’s rush to economic development.

Watch the film on PBS stations this Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 10 PM. Check your local listings.


View the trailer for the documentary Last Train Home, premiering Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, on POV.

View the trailer for the documentary Last Train Home, premiering Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, on POV.

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration. Last Train Home 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. They return to a family growing distant and a daughter longing to leave school for unskilled work. As the Zhangs navigate their new world, Last Train Home paints a rich, human portrait of China’s rush to economic development. An EyeSteelFilm production in association with ITVS International. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media. An Official Selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Winner of Best Feature-Length Documentary Award, 2009 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

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POV’s 24th season continues Tuesday nights through the broadcast of Last Train Home on September 27, concluding with a special broadcast on November 10. Keep up with the films at http://pbs.org/pov, on Twitter @povdocs or on Facebook.

POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.