‘Train’ tracks Chinese family’s struggle
The Chinese economic miracle has come at a cost. One such cost has created a generation of children whose migrant-worker parents have been forced to leave rural China to take grueling factory jobs in industrial urban areas, effectively making the grandparents the children’s caregivers.
“The Last Train Home” is a documentary account of the effect this has on a single Sichuan family. The only time of the year when the family can reunite is for the two-week-long Chinese New Year holiday when the train stations around the country are overrun by 130 million desperate, overloaded workers trying to get home to spend a few days with their families.