Last Train Home( simplified Chinese :?途列?; traditional Chinese :歸途列車; pinyin :Gu?tú Lièch?; literally: "Homeward Train") is a 2009 documentary film directed by Lixin Fan and produced by Daniel Cross and Mila Aung-Thwin of EyeSteelFilm . It won the Best Documentary Feature at 2009 IDFA and has been distributed by Zeitgeist Films in the US.
Every spring, China's 130 million migrant workers travel back to their home villages for the New Year 's holiday. This exodus is the world's largest human migration.
Working over several years, director Lixin Fan travelled with one couple who has embarked on these annual treks for almost two decades. Like many of China's rural poor, the Zhangs left their native village of Huilong in Sichuan province and their newborn daughter to find work in Guangzhou in a garment factory for 16 years and see her only once a year during the Spring Festival . Their daughter Qin, now a restless and rebellious teenager, resents her parents' absence and longs for her own freedom away from school and her rural hometown, much to the dismay of her parents. She eventually leaves school, against the wishes of her parents, to work in the city.