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Andrea Segre’s debut feature Li and the Poet tells the story of Shun Li, a Chinese woman working off her debt to a better life in Italy and the forbidden friendship she forms with retired fisherman Bepi. Andrea joined us at the London Film Festival to discuss his move from documentary to fiction and using film to create questions around xenophobia.

Shun Li and the Poet (2011)

A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

I start from the point of view that they are illegal because we decided the world is divided into people who can travel & people who can’t.

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