Last Train Home

Lixin Fan’s extraordinary and visually stunning film, showing in the True Stories strand, charts one family’s involvement in the world’s largest planned mass migration.

Every year in the days leading up to the Chinese New Year, the train and bus stations of China’s booming cities are besieged by millions of migrant workers seeking to return to the villages and families they left behind in search of a better life.

One such family are Suquin Chen and Changhua Zhang, who left their village 16 years ago, consoled by the knowledge that their wages would offer their children a better life. But their daughter Qin, feeling abandoned, has quit school and herself become a migrant worker. Last Train Home follows the Zhang’s journey home through the massed crowds and their attempts to change Qin’s mind and repair their ruptured family. Includes reference to family tension.

Watch on Channel 4 on Demand Here