December 15, 2010
Winter 2011 Chinese Documentary Film Series - The Train to My Home Town (开往家乡的列车)
Date: Saturday, February 12, 2010
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)
A film by Ai Xiaoming (艾晓明); China, 2008; 108 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)
At the beginning of 2008, when Spring Festival was around the corner, the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, the major traffic line that links South, Central and North China, was suddenly interrupted by a major snow storm and many trains on this line were forced to stop indefinitely. Eager to get home before the Eve of Spring Festival, thousands upon thousands of inland migrant workers congregated at Guangzhou Railway Station and waited for the trains bound for their home towns.
As a scholar and independent filmmaker, Ai Xiaoming(艾晓明) is concerned with the needs of marginalized people. In order to record the scenes and stories that happened during the Spring Transportation, she went to Shenzhen, Shaoguan, Ruyuan, as well as villages in Jianli, Hubei Province and Yueyang, Hunan Province, to cover the stories of those travelers whose lives were interrupted and some forever changed by this event. The documentary presents the expectations of Guangdong's migrant workers, the families who were waiting for them, the ice-snow disaster relief efforts made by the government, and how the police and the migrant workers dealt with these hardships.
Posted by zzhu at December 15, 2010 03:55 PM