Above: Promotional image of "Io sono Li". Photograph by Simone Falso.
Now in its sixth year at MOPA, the San Diego Italian Film Festival has grown into an amazing conduit to enjoy Italian culture. From October 26th through November 11th, the festival features 17 spectacular movies that evoke laughter, tears, and passion.
Many recent European films have chronicled the social and personal consequences of the recent wave of immigration to Europe, but few with he delicacy and insight of Andrea Segre's lovely film. Brought to Italy by a "broker" that she's slowly paying off while saving money to bring across her son, Shun Li is sent from her factory job to a bar in Chioggia, a small town in the Veneto lagoon.
Segre effectively draws us into this "immigrant world," not simply to expose its unfairness but to reveal the ways in which immigrants create their own special support systems. "Io sono Li" (Shun Li and the Poet) was made in 2011 by Andrea Segre and will run for 100 minutes.
Please Note: $5 suggested donation
Location: Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA Google Map