The Office of International Education at IUP will screen "Last Train Home," as part of its Foreign Film and Music Series, on Sunday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m. in Sprowls Hall's McVitty Auditorium.
"Last Train Home" is Chinese-Canadian Lixin Fan's attempt to document a mass exodus of thousands of Chinese migrant workers to their home villages during the Chinese New Year. The project is a result of an extensive project begun by Fan, who follows a couple during their trek to their village.
According to EyeSteelFilm, the production company that supported the film, "Last Train Home" focuses heavily on the couple's teenage daughter, who resents her parents for leaving her behind in the village years ago to work in an unnamed city.
While "Last Train Home" seems to focus more on the industrial aspects of China, it's essential to understand a little bit of what present-day China has become.
Four years after the release of this film, China has managed to remain one of the top industrial countries in the world. However, it is a country of oppression, with its Communist government maintaining a tight control on its citizens. According to a report by Freedom House, a website dedicated to reporting on every country's freedom of the press, China currently does not allow its citizens to exercise freedom of press. In the simplest terms, Chinese citizens are unable to write, publish and- most likely- speak out against the Chinese government and its practices.
As of this entry, The BBC has reported that arrests have been made against Chinese journalists who stated that military vehicles were allegedly congregating on the streets of Beijing.
"Last Train Home" was well-received by many critics, including American journalist Roger Ebert, who gave the film four out of four stars. According to the IUP page regarding Last Train Home's screening, prior to the film, there will be a musician playing a Chinese bowed instrument. The film will then be shown in its original language, Mandarin-Chinese, accompanied by English subtitles.