A Chinese immigrant’s close friendship with a local fisherman arouses the suspicions of a small Italian community in Andrea Segre’s touching drama ‘Shun Li and the Poet’.
Shun Li (Tao Zhao) is a young immigrant from China who has taken bar work in the small Italian fishing port of Chioggia in order to save money so her eight-year-old son can join her.
Although her knowledge of the local language is limited she manages to become friends with Bepi (Rade Serbedzija), an elderly fisherman-cum-
poet who is himself an immigrant, having arrived from Eastern Europe some thirty years earlier.
These two kindred spirits find comfort in each other and despite increasing hostilities from xenophobic locals, a gentle bond grows between them, transforming them both.
Visually arresting with its images of waterfront streets and lagoons covered in winter mist, ‘Shun Li and the Poet’ is a poignant story about strangers connecting and the beauty to be found in the language of poetry.
‘Shun Li and the Poet’ will be screened at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday, June 11th at 8pm. Tickets: €9 (€7 concession & €5 Film Club members). Call the box office on 0504 90204 or visit thesourceartscentre.ie.