This film, first seen locally last spring at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, depicts what it calls "the world's largest human migration," when some 130 million Chinese migrant workers go home each winter to celebrate Chinese New Year with their families. Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan helped produce 2007's Up the Yangtze
, and his new film is a similarly intimate treatment of the lives of ordinary people in a fast-changing China. We're reminded that the purpose of the dislocation and drudgery is to export cheap consumer goods to the rest of the world, us in particular. As privileged citizens of the symbiotic two-headed beast "Chimerica," our two economies now inextricably linked, it's instructive to see how the other half—or, population-wise, the other fourth-fifths—lives.