Li and the Poet
Chinese illegal immigrant Shun Li works in a textile factory in the suburbs of Rome in order to secure her papers and enable her eight-year-old son to come to Italy. She then moves to Chioggia, a small city-island in the Venetian lagoon, to work as a waitress in a pub. An old Slavic fisherman named Bepi, nicknamed "the Poet", has been a regular at the pub for years. He desperately grapples with the economic and social changes the region is going through. Soon, a friendship develops between Shun Li and Bepi which helps them both cope with their various struggles. However, their relationship ends up upsetting both the Chinese and local communities.