Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Last Train Home"

Repeating the Netflix cover note, "Documentarian Lixin Fan follows a couple who, like 130 million other Chinese peasants, left their rural village for work in the city, leaving their children to be raised by their grandparents. The husband and wife return only once each year(during Chinese New Year, family necessity), on an arduous 1,000 mile journey. But their homecoming(in this docu.) is not a warm one, as their now teenage daughter, Qin, makes her bitter resentment known and debates pursuing a factory job herself."

This description understates the stress, sacrifice, and heartbreak that this documentary follows. It was released in 2009. I wish that it was more widely known, or that my own young adults would be aware of and choose to watch it.


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