Lady for the Harbour

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    Lady for the Harbour

    Directed by

    Netherlands, China

    2017

    90 min

    • Chinese
    • Farsi
    • Greek

    Documentary

    A Chinese man, who once fled China on foot before finding a home in Greece and starting a successful business, wanders the packed corridors of a Greek ferry. He looks kindly at the exhausted refugees wrapped in blankets, while he talks in voice-over about his own privations, giving us a different perspective on the European refugee crisis. This man is a volunteer on a team led by Suzanne, also from China, who thinks that the Chinese community should help their adopted homeland of Greece. Under her tireless leadership, all kinds of aid are distributed: on Lesbos, in Pireaus, in the center of Athens—wherever she finds refugees. Suzanne is an inimitable whirlwind who draws in everyone around her, from her shabby-looking Greek husband to a high-strung dog, a drunk professor and a wayward daughter. The only thing she cannot totally overcome is the skepticism of her Chinese acquaintances.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Sean Wang
    Cinematography
    Sean Wang
    Editing
    Barbara Hin
    Production
    MUYI FILM
    Sean Wang

    Sean Wang

    China

    Sean Wang is a Chinese Muslim director and screenwriter. He holds an MA in screenplay from Beijing Film Academy, tutored by famous commercially successful director Xue Xiaolu, and an BA at Communication University of China. His graduate film ‘‘Huis Away From Home’’ (2014) is a story about Chinese Muslim’s immigration in Northwestern China. It was awarded Best Student Film by the China Documentary Academy Award and was nominated at Les Ecrans de Chine Documentary Festival in Paris.

    His short documentary CHINESE CANVASSER (2015) was nominated at CCDF, GZDOC and won the China Documentary Academy Award. The film ‘‘The Stepmother’’ he edited, won the Grand Jury Award of AUFF, the Jury Special Award of the Delhi Film Festival and was selected in 2016 Cannes Festival. His first feature documentary LADY OF THE HARBOUR (2017) premiered at IDFA.