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SCREENING in WEISHAN, DALI on NEW YEAR HOME
Jan 15, 2017 09:22
guestanai For Chinese New Year one goes home, with money or without.

Security check at the railway station: over-sized baggage, shoving bodies, ferociously red LED readings of train numbers, screeching white noise of megaphones, ice-cold shiny railings for crowd control. Anxiety.

In front: the long-distance bus conductor’s hand holds a thick stack of cash.

By the side: a man with shiny hair and shoes carrying bags and boxes of presents.

Here goes on the annual mega-scale migration.

Calculation by the State Commission for Development and Reform estimates 2.978 billion passengers for the Chinese New Year migration of 2017.

2978000000 passengers.

Between these very zeroes how many countryside houses have been left with only grandparents and children? How many urban villages have sprouted?

Anai selected three films, as an effort to sketch a landscape of the unimaginable reality of a whole country returning home for the Spring Festival.

In search for the dreams of a better life, people get pulled apart from home by 30 hours of highways and railways. On this journey, finally returning home, what runs in the depths of one’s mind and heart?

Dates
18 jan WED - Return Ticket 到阜阳六百里
20 jan FRI - The End of Year 一年到头
22 jan SUN - Last Train Home 归途列车

Time
19:30

Venue
阿奶的家
126 WEICHENG WEST ROAD, WEISHAN, DALI

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