It is imperative that filmmakers rescue the existence of things and by documenting it we are preserving the fact of the subject’s existence hasn’t been lost.
— Wim Wenders

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.

Seaside
Handmade Boat

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.

Eating at Home

Scratching a Chin

Old Schoolhouse

Dumplings

Metalwork

Blind Massage

Last Night at Home
`Documentary footage is not meant to be edited’. The direct-cinema movement said `we don’t need scripts. We need new language. We need to bring in dramatic logic, and that will be a deeper truth.’ Of course, it has its own flaws in terms of its truthiness.”
— Jonathan Oppenheim, the editor of The Oath and Paris is Burning
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