Wednesday, 23 February 2011

歸途列車 Last Train Home

This is a thought provoking documentary from 2009 from Lixin Fan -- a Canadian-Chinese.

130 million workers travel back to their rural backgrounds every spring for the Chinese New Year. This is actually the world's largest human migration. It really shows the massive barrier between China's rural history and factory-driven industrial future.

The 2 parents travel back annually to see their children. They've been working in a factory for 16 years, and see the children just once a year. It's more than just an average documentary. It's soaked in human emotion and unquestionably a beautiful film -- the production and cinematography are breath taking in places -- even in close encounters.

So.. is the capitalist West to blame? Equip yourself with your own answers.

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