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Mandarin Study Session: Last Train Home

Recommended for: GCSE and equivalent level Mandarin. This event may also be of interest to Film and Media students looking to learn about world cinema and Chinese culture.

Capacity: 158 places

This screening includes an introduction in English and will introduce some key Mandarin vocabulary. Following the screening, all students can participate in a post-screening talkback session when they’ll have the opportunity to pose questions about the film, changes in contemporary Chinese life, Mandarin language and much more.

Screening: Last Train Home PG

Dir Lixin Fan/Canada 2009/85 mins/In Mandarin with English subtitles

Every Chinese New Year, China is thrown into chaos, as, all at once, masses of migrant workers attempt to return home from the city to the countryside by train. 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 is an emotionally engaging and visually beautiful documentary that draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this annual migration. Intimate and candid, the film paints a human portrait of the dramatic changes sweeping China.

This screening is part of National Schools Film Week. This is a free, annual festival for schools offering a wide programme of feature films at cinemas across the UK. Funded by the UK film industry, the festival enables all schools to take children to experience films at the cinema during the school day as part of their curriculum learning.

The festival’s goal is to support classroom teaching by providing schools with a powerful experience for their students that links directly to elements of the curriculum, supported by an online library of resources related to individual films and more generic topics, essentially an extension of the classroom.

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