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The Stanford Program in Law and Society invites you to the second documentary film screening of the year; the Chinese documentary “Last Train Home” (Dir. Lixin Fan) followed by a discussion with Prof. Ban Wang (Departments of East Asian Languages and Comparative Literature, Stanford University).
When: Tuesday February 16th, 2016 @ 6.30pm
The film: Every spring, millions of migrant factory workers in China attempt to return to their rural home villages 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. At the same time, the country is struggling with internal social challenges and growing inequalities among its people. Last Train Home draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration.
An Official Selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Winner of Best Feature-Length Documentary Award, 2009 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
The discussant: Ban Wang (Ph.D., UCLA 1993) is the Willam Haas Professor in Chinese studies and professor of comparative literature and the Yangtze River Chair Professor at East China Normal University. In addition to his research on Chinese and comparative literature, he has written on English and French literatures, psychoanalysis, international politics, and cinema. He was a research fellow with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University. He taught at Beijing Foreign Studies University, SUNY-Stony Brook, Harvard University, and Rutgers University before he came to Stanford. His current project is tentatively entitled China in the World: Geopolitics, Aesthetics, and Cosmopolitan Dreams.
Dinner will be served.