A journey in China’s rural areas aboard one of the world’s oldest running train; stopping
to emptying and crumbling villages to pick up their last inhabitants and witness their memories.
This documentary film will discover stories of China’s past, searching for the oldest
parts of the country. We will document villages that have lost their inhabitants as China’s
oldest running train line called “The Green-Skinned Train” is making its last rounds.
This is a collection of stories that use "The Green-Skinned Train” as a connecting
thread. The structure of this film follows China’s past working from Beijing through the last stop
on the train’s line. This particular train is well known to be not air-conditioned, smelly, slow, and
overbooked with passengers carrying everything from luggage to produce, live animals, and
freshly caught fish. Everyone on this train has a story of transit, of desire and loss. Mostly
everyone on the train is working class poor, stuck on the train for hours and sometimes days
on their journey.