Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Award-winning LAST TRAIN HOME premiered Sept. 27 on PBS


POV's "Last Train Home" 

Goes Inside the Promise and Chaos of China's Booming Economy; Award-winning Film Premiered on PBS on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011; Film Streams Online Sept. 28 - Oct. 27


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Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as migrant workers travel home for the New Year. China's booming economy depends on the single largest migrant work force in the world: 240 million people who have left their homes and villages to seek work in urban factories.POV's 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. They return to a family growing distant and a daughter longing to leave school for unskilled work. As the Zhangs navigate their new world, this award-winning film paints a rich, human portrait of China's rush to economic development.

Lixin Fan's Last Train Home, winner of the Best Feature Documentary Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, has its national broadcast premiere Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 at 10 p.m. on PBS' POV (Point of View) series. (Check local listings.) The film will stream on POV's website, www.pbs.org/pov/lasttrainhome Sept. 28 - Oct. 27. POV will host a live online chat with the filmmaker on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 1 PM ET.





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ADDITIONAL CREDITS :
Lixin Fan (Director/Editor/Director of Photography)
Lixin Fan, based in Montreal, was born in China, where he grew up as his country was modernizing and rapidly integrating with the world. Starting off as a journalist with the national television broadcaster CCTV, he traveled the country and experienced first hand the inequality caused by China's rapid economic expansion.  

Last Train Home is his debut feature documentary as a director. In 2006, he worked as associate producer/soundman on the acclaimed documentary Up the Yangtze (POV 2008), about the world's largest hydroelectric project, China's Three Gorges Dam. The film won the Genie Award as Canada's top documentary feature. In 2003, he edited the Peabody Award-winning  To Live Is Better Than to Die, a breakthrough film on China's AIDS epidemic.

Last Train Home is a production of EyeSteelFilm in association with Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds via the Theatrical Documentary Program.

Credits:
Director: Lixin Fan             
Editors:  Mary Stephens, Lixin Fan
Director of Photography:  Lixin Fan
Camera: Shaoguang Sun
Producers: Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross
Executive Producer: Zhao Qi
Co-Producer: Bob Moore
Original Music: Olivier Alary
Total running time: 86:46

POV Series Credits:
Executive Producer: Simon Kilmurry
Co-Executive Producer: Cynthia López
Vice President, Production and Programming: Chris White
Series Producer: Yance Ford

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