Last Train Home
29th June - 19.45 Book
Due to China’s economic growth, and a social policy that limits free health care and schooling to the area where children are born, many parents leave their children behind to work in the big cities where their income can be higher. Lixin Fan’s documentary follows one family who live within this situation.
Every spring, China’s 130 million migrant workers travel back to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. This exodus is the world’s largest human migration. Working over several years, director Lixin Fan travelled with one couple who has embarked on these annual treks for almost two decades. Like many of China’s rural poor, the Zhangs left their native village of Huilong, Daan Town (zh), Guang’an District in Sichuan province and their newborn daughter to find work in Guangzhou in a garment factory for 16 years and see her only once a year during the Spring Festival.
This film is being shown to promote Project Sunshine; the work of a team of people from St Albans. We work with two rural schools in the mountains west of Beijing, with one simple goal; encouraging children to learn english with play, song and performance. Acquiring the skill to speak both mandarin and english opens up greater choice of further education and employment for these children.
In addition to the main feature we are also showing the Project Sunshine documentary that gives an insight to the team’s first visit in 2017. This film showing is part of the St Albans Film Festival 2018 Programme.