Of Love & Law
Hikaru Toda, 2017 (94m)
In her debut feature documentary, Hikaru Toda explores a side of Japan that the rest of the world rarely sees. Fumi and Kazu are personal and professional partners - they operate the first and only law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple, Driven by their own experience of being outsiders to the laws and traditions of their nation, they attract clients with similar stories of marginalisation. In a society often misrepresented by the West as universally conformist, the couple’s fight for equality and personal freedom highlights the conflict between an individual’s human rights and the traditional rigidity of the community they were raised in. Will they secure justice and freedom of expression for their clients?