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  • The Train to My Home Town(DVD)  開往家鄉的列車 (DVD)

The Train to My Home Town(DVD) 開往家鄉的列車 (DVD)

Ai Xiaoming 艾曉明


Chinese , 2008/01

Tags: China Studies, Life and Change

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At the beginning of 2008, when the Spring Festival was around the corner, the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, the major traffic line that links South, Central and North China, was interrupted suddenly and many trains on this line were forced to stop indefinitely. Eager to get home before the Eve of the Spring Festival, thousands upon thousands of inland migrant workers congregated at Guangzhou Railway Station and waited for the trains bound for their homes......

The Guangdong Provincial government immediately started a preparatory emergency program of the highest level for the Spring Transportation. For the first time, the halls of the Guangzhou Import and Export Fair were transformed into temporary havens for the stranded migrant workers, volunteers were activated to offer services for them, and the Guangzhou Military Area Command dispatched soldiers to repair the Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway in northern Guangdong. <br><br>
However, because passengers had been waiting for days for trains that did not arrive, their level of irritation began to intensify. A 17-year old woman named Li Hongxia was killed when she was trampled by the flood of people. A man named Li Manjun, who was returning home to remarry, received a severe electric shock when he jumped from the viaduct to the top of a train, resulting in his death.

"The train to my home town travels to a paradise." ...... Li Hongxia's grave lies quietly in a field of wheat in her hometown. Li Manjun's son, nearly 12 years old, prayed that his deceased father could bless him with good marks in Chinese and Mathematics, so he can enter a university in the future. When being asked, "what do you wish to do after you graduate from university", the boy gave us an unexpected answer......

As an independent filmmaker, Ai Xiaoming is concerned with the needs of the marginalized people. In order to record the scenes and stories that happened during the Spring Transportation, she went to Shenzhen, Shaoguan, Ruyuan, as well as the villages in Jianli, Hubei Province and Yueyang, Hunan Province -- the hometowns of Li Hongxia and Li Manjun, respectively. The documentary presents the expectations of Guangdong's migrant workers, the good wishes of their relatives at home, the ice-snow disaster relief efforts made by the government, and how the police and the migrant workers got through the hardships together. Let us review these scenes and consider what we need to do to ensure better spring travel next year.

還記得2008年初那場暴雪嗎?

中國春節臨近,鐵路南北大動脈京廣線中斷、列車停運;除夕之前,成千上萬的廣東外來工集聚在廣州火車站,等待開往家鄉的列車。

廣東省緊急啟動最高級別的春運預案,舉辦廣交會的交易中心大廳首次作為候車室為農民工敞開,軍區調兵遣將奔赴粵北搶修京珠高速;許多志願者開展服務為民工分憂。

然而,久候不至的列車造成的不安也在加劇,洶湧的人流吞沒了年輕女工李紅霞的生命;而急切回家結婚的工人李滿軍從高架橋跳上列車觸電傷重不治……

“開往家鄉的列車,開往幸福的天堂”……花一樣的李紅霞靜靜躺在家鄉的麥田裏;李滿軍的不足十二歲的兒子在父親的新墳前抹去眼淚,希望爸爸保佑他語文和數學成績好,將來考上大學。“大學畢業後你會做什麼”?孩子給了觀眾一個意想不到的回答。

一如既往地關注民生,本片記錄了1月27日到2月6日農曆除夕期間發生在廣州火車站的場景。圍繞廣州發生的故事,作者也先後到深圳、韶關、乳源以及遇難者的家鄉湖北監利、湖南嶽陽農村採訪。影片呈現了在粵民工的訴求、家鄉親人的盼望、政府的努力以及警民之間共度難關的狀態。讓我們重溫這一幕幕,並思考來年春運關頭,大家怎麼做才能過得好一些。

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