Reel Asian Fundraiser in Richmond Hill

LAST TRAIN HOME at the Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts on February 26th. UPDATED: see the event photos!

UPDATED: See the event photos on our flickr stream!

In February, 2010, Reel Asian brings a stunning documentary to new audiences in Richmond Hill. Last Train Home (歸途列車) is the award-winning directorial debut of Chinese Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan (范立欣), who worked on his friend Yung Chang‘s celebrated film Up The Yangtze first as a sound recorder, and later as an associate producer. Like Up The Yangtze, Fan’s film is also produced by Montréal’s EyeSteelFilm and being distributed in Canada by KINOSMITH Independent Film.

Last Train Home has won the Best Documentary Award at both the IDFA in Amsterdam in the fall of 2009 and the Whistler Film Festival this past December, and is in the official competition at Sundance 2010. indieWIRE calls it “A MUST SEE! An exceptional observational documentary that charts a dramatic Chinese journey…representing the challenges facing a changing nation and a troubled world”

Reel Asian is very excited to be presenting a special advance screening of Last Train Home at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 7:00PM.  Tickets are $20 per person, with all proceeds raising funds for Reel Asian. Discounts are available for group sales of ten tickets or more.

Download an electronic postcard (600×840 JPG) for this event in English or 繁體中文. or click here for our press releases.  Reel Asian would like to acknowledge the kind support of our event partners, KINOSMITH Independent Film and the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, in making this event possible.


General admission to this event is $20 per person, with all proceeds benefitting Reel Asian. A discount rate of $15 per ticket is available for group sales of ten tickets or more. Tickets are on sale from January 28, 2010:

  • IN PERSON through the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (cash/credit/debit)
  • ONLINE via the venue’s secure e-commerce portal here (credit)
  • CHARGE-BY-PHONE at 905 787 8811 (credit)
  • for DISCOUNTED GROUP SALES of ten tickets or more ONLY, contact (cash/cheque)

Director Lixin Fan will participate a live Q&A on stage after the show, moderated by Reel Asian board member and Fairchild Radio personality Alice Shih. At 9:00 PM, the audience is invited to join the filmmaker and other invited guests for a reception in the lobby of the venue. We are pleased to announce that Spring Rolls has come on board as the exclusive hospitality sponsor of the post-screening reception. A delicious selection of pan-Asian hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided, with a cash bar for beer, wine or liquor.

Spring Rolls Fairchild Radio Times Physio T&T

We would also like to welcome our community partners for this event: Fairchild Radio, Times Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre and T&T Supermarket. A limited number of community partnerships are still available – contact us for opportunities.



Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos, as all at once, a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year. The wave is made up of millions of migrant factory workers. The homes they seek are the rural villages and families they left behind to seek work in the booming coastal cities. 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.

[…] Sixteen years ago, the Zhangs abandoned their young children to find work in the city, consoled by the hope that their wages would lift their children into a better life. But in a bitter irony, the Zhangs’ hopes for the future are undone by their very absence. Qin, the child they left behind, has grown into adolescence crippled by a sense of abandonment. In an act of teenage rebellion, she drops out of school. She too will become a migrant worker. The decision is a heartbreaking blow for the parents…Can they get ahead and still undo some of the damage that has been done to their family?

Watch the trailer on YouTube:

IDFA laurels Whistler laurels RIDM laurels Sundance 2010 Official Competition

Both Now Magazine and Eye Weekly have given Last Train Home 4 star reviews:

This will be Reel Asian’s first foray into Richmond Hill so we’re inviting all our friends and family from across the 905 to help us make this event a success.  Buy a ticket, bring a friend, spread the word, or go here to learn about volunteer opportunities. Proceeds from the screening will raise funds for Reel Asian, and the event will help kick off our 14th season as Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary pan-Asian cinema.

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a registered non-profit charitable organization (reg # 870021383RR0001) and donations will be accepted at the event.  Contact for charitable gift tax receipt opportunities.