[Film Screening] Last Train Home (2009)

Two Sides of the Same Lens: Stories of Geopolitical Displacement and Exodus

  • FILM
  • VISUAL ARTS
  • FREE
Free Admission 28 Mar 2019 - 07.00pm Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, Education Resource Centre, Level 2, University Town, NUS

Last Train Home is director Lixin Fan’s poignant documentation of one Chinese family amongst the 130 million others who live out the yearly frenzy of commuting across the country to go home for the Spring Festival holidays. Shot over a period of three years, the film is a powerful witness to the individual cost for families and the country’s social landscape that has come through China's ascendence into an economic superpower.

About the film series

Consisting of several films opened by Dr Carl Grundy-Warr from the NUS Department of Geography, Two Sides of the Same Lens is a film series that posits a reading of three NUS Museum exhibitions, Homeless, Crossings, and Of Place and a Paradox. Here, the macrocosmic fabric of geopolitics is interwoven with the threads of personal narratives to make up our contemporary “tipping point” issues. Departing from archetypal media representations, the films also serve as possible frames from which individual agency, historical reclamation, and communal determination in a time of forced displacement and mass exodus can be constructed.

About the speaker

Dr. Carl Grundy-Warr has undertaken research on issues of forced migration along border areas in Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar-Thailand in the 1990s and early 2000s, working specifically on the geopolitics of displacement. He teaches geopolitics, field studies in Southeast Asia, and natural resource politics and practice. He is particularly interested in the intersections between film, documentary and visual materials and geopolitical contexts. Carl is currently working on a project exploring "floating lives", focusing on water-based and riparian communities of the Lower Mekong region and Tonle Sap in Cambodia. 

Upcoming Screenings 

11 & 12 - April Flooding in the Time of Drought (Banjir Kemarau) (2009) by Sherman Ong

Image: A scene from Last Train Home, a Zeitgeist Films release. Image courtesy of Zeitgeist Films.

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