The Last Train Home wins documentary award

ABU DHABI — A Chinese couple moves away from their poor rural village to make more money working in a factory in the big city, leaving behind their two children in the care of their 


Silvia Radan

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Published: Wed 28 Apr 2010, 12:24 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 10:57 AM

They are able to come home only once a year, travelling across China on the last train of the year, spending a short winter holiday with the family.

‘The Last Train Home’ is a powerful, touching documentary by Lixin Fan, which just won the top Golden Award in the Anasy Documentary Awards (ADA), announced on Monday in Abu Dhabi.

The Silver and Bronze prizes went to Beata Dzianowicz (Poland) for her documentary about the children of Kabul — ‘Kites’ — and to Alexandra Westmeir (Russia) for another children documentary — ‘Alone in Four Walls’.

In the Bronze category, there were seven awards, including the special ‘Child in our Eyes’ award, which went to ‘Domain J’irai Mieux’ (‘Tomorrow I’ll Get Better’), a documentary about three children with cancer by Belgium filmmakers Vincent Detour and Dominique Henry.

The awards have a total value of Dh 1.5 million, the top Gold Award winner being offered Dh500,000, half of which in cash and the other half in the form of production support.

“One healthy development we observed in the second edition of ADA is the diversity of tackled topics,” said Dhekra Ouali, director of ADA.

Indeed, no less than 30 different topics were treated in the entries this time around, from orphanage and child labour to fertility, employment for women and life for the elderly.

Last year, 220 films from 40 countries were submitted to ADA. The judges selected just 20 for the finals.

Organised by Anasy Media Production in cooperation with UNICEFF, twofour54 and Al Arabia Channel, under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the documentary awards are held every two years, with the first inaugural session in 2008.

New this year is a collaboration for the first time in the Arab world — among ADA, the Prix Jeunesse festival from Germany and United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF).

Up until May 9, all awarded documentaries, along with a number of premiere documentaries, which got award nominations in prestigious film festivals such as Berlin, Sundance and Australia, will be screened in the cinemas of Khalidiya and Raha malls in Abu Dhabi, as well as DUCTAC (Emirates Mall) in Dubai. —

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