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Last Train Home- 50th Anniversary Film Series
Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM (MST)
Please join us for the third of our films in the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Film Series, hosted by the Denver Film Society!
To be followed by a discussion and book reading by Peter Hessler, RPCV China, and author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze; Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present (2006), and Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory (2010).
Once our discounted tickets sell out, you can still purchase tickets via the Denver Film Society by visiting their website HERE
This month we will be enjoying "Last Train Home," a documentary film by director Lixin Fan.
"Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos, as all at once, a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year. The wave is made up of millions of migrant factory workers. The homes they seek are the rural villages and families they left behind to seek work in the booming coastal cities. It is an epic spectacle that tells us much about China, a country discarding traditional ways as it hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance.
Last Train Home, an emotionally engaging and visually beautiful debut film from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan, draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration. Sixteen years ago, the Zhangs abandoned their young children to find work in the city, consoled by the hope that their wages would lift their children into a better life. But in a bitter irony, the Zhangs’ hopes for the future are undone by their very absence. Qin, the child they left behind, has grown into adolescence crippled by a sense of abandonment. In an act of teenage rebellion, she drops out of school. She too will become a migrant worker. The decision is a heartbreaking blow for the parents. In classic cinema verité style, Last Train Home follows the Zhangs’ attempts to change their daughter’s course and repair their ruptured family. Intimate and candid, the film paints a human portrait of the dramatic changes sweeping China. We identify with the Zhangs as they navigate through the stark and difficult choices of a society caught between old ways and new realities. Can they get ahead and still undo some of the damage that has been done to their family?"
This film will be shown at the Denver Film Center/Colfax, loacted at 2510 E. Colfax Avenue.
RPCVCO has purchased 50 discounted tickets at $10 each. Since this is a special event, regular tickets will be $12.
Following the film, please join us across the sidewalk at the Tattered Cover for our conversation with Peter Hessler, which will begin at 5:30pm. Seating is limited to the first 100, and cannot be guaranteed by Tattered Cover.
If you wish to pay at the door, please indicate so on your order by choosing "Other Payment Options"- please note that you will be responsible for the price of the ticket, even if you do not attend on February 19.