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Workers waiting at China's Guangzhou train station express their disappointments with factory life and traveling home for the New Year.

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The Zhangs as well as other migrant workers become annoyed police officers at Guangzhou train station.

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New Year celebrations in Huilong bring vibrant costumes, music and parades to the village.

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In this clip from Last Train Home, Qin expresses her frustrations with the lives and occupations that her parents have chosen.

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In this clip from Last Train Home, a mother remembers how it felt to leave her 8-month-old in the care of her family in order to seek a better life in the city.

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In this clip from Last Train Home, a Chinese worker travels home for New Year celebrations.

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Millions of migrant workers make their way home for Chinese New Year celebrations.

Filmmaker Interviews

Lixin Fan talks about the lives of Chinese migrant workers that he chronicled in Last Train Home.

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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.

  • Updated on April 23, 2014

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Film Information

Last Train Home (90 min.)

Premiere Date: September 27, 2011

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 5, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Lixin Fan Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | 2012 Emmy Winner Press Release

Filmmaker

Lixin Fan
Lixin Fan

Remarkable... Fan has visual panache — Last Train Home has some gorgeously composed shots — but he also has something that can’t be taught: The patience and understanding to allow a family to tell their heartbreaking story in their own way...”

— G. Allen Johnson,
San Francisco Chronicle

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Critical Acclaim

It's one of those extraordinary films, like 'Hoop Dreams,' that tells a story the makers could not possibly have anticipated in advance. It works like stunning, grieving fiction.”

— Roger Ebert,
Chicago Sun Times

It tells the story of a family caught, and possibly crushed, between the past and the future — a story that, on its own, is moving, even heartbreaking. Multiplied by 130 million, it becomes a terrifying and sobering panorama of the present....”

— A.O. Scott,
The New York Times

A miniature masterpiece of documentary observation....”

— Ty Burr,
The Boston Globe

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