Every year in China the same dramatic ritual takes place: in the factory towns of the south, millions of migrant factory workers fight for space on overcrowded trains, trying to return home for the Spring Festival. ‘Last Train Home’ follows a couple who have lived this way for twenty years. They barely know their own children, who were raised by relatives back home. This year, they travel with additional purpose: they’re trying to bring home their runaway teenage daughter, so that she can return to school and not have to spend the rest of her life in a factory.
Fan Lixin was born and raised in Wuhan, China. He lives and works in Montreal. He has directed the feature-length documentaries Last Train Home (2009, Special Mention at 2010 ZagrebDox, IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary) and I Am Here (2014).
Last Train Home
2009, 85', color, video
Mary Stephens, Lixin Fan
Daniel Cross, Mila Aung-Thwin
Festivals & Awards:
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - Best Feature-Length Documentary; Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, Cinémathèque Québécoisem - Best Quebec Film Award