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W&M Global Film Festival Pre-Festival â€˘ "Gui tu lie che/Last Train Home"
The 2014 William & Mary Global Film Festival (W&M GFF) theme â€śJourneys & Passagesâ€ť will be introduced through a pre-festival series of Wednesday night film screenings at the Williamsburg Library Theater running January 15 through February 12, starting at 6:30pm. The series is free and open to the public (no ticket required). It is part of a one-credit W&M Film Studies course designed in conjunction with the festival. The series will feature films from around the world and each will be introduced with a brief presentation by a W&M faculty member. Visit filmfestival.wm.edu for complete schedule and details.
6:30 p.m. â€˘ Introduction by Prof. Calvin Hui (Modern Languages & Literatures: Chinese Studies)
7 p.m. â€˘ "Gui tu lie che/Last Train Home" (2009 / Canada-China-UK / Lixin Fan / 85m / NR) â€˘ Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 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, an epic spectacle that exposes a nation tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic cinĂ©ma vĂ©ritĂ© style, director Lixin Fan travelled with one couple who have embarked on these annual treks for almost two decades. Emotionally charged and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home examines one fractured family to shed light on the human cost of China's ascendance as an economic superpower.