Our project of the month is Of Love & Law, the indie doc about Japan’s first LGBT law firm, directed by Hikaru Toda and produced by erstwhile BEV programmer Elhum Shakerifar (BAFTA nominated for 2015’s A Syrian Love Story). This film tells the story of two openly gay lawyers in Osaka, who in daring to represent themselves as ‘the nails that stick out’ in the country’s conformist society, attract a case load of minority rights that paint a portrait of modern Japan in transition….
Fumi and Kazu are life partners in love and in law; they run the first and only law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. As lawyers they know all too well the realities of being different in a homogenous society. In their office the phones are always ringing. Passionate about justice, the cases they take on are those of minorities and the marginalized – from LGBTQ clients and juvenile criminal cases involving vulnerable young people, to artist activists and stateless individuals whose human rights are completely unprotected. Outside of their legal work, Fumi and Kazu are thinking about raising a family of their own, but same sex marriage is not legal and adoption by gay couples is virtually impossible in Japan. Through the lawyers, the film will also enter the lives of their clients and cases.
Of Love & Law tells the hidden stories of people who are silenced and made invisible by Japanese society and its laws. What are the risks of being yourself and being an outsider in your own country? Should love be ruled by laws that don’t represent you? Postcode Films need your help to tell these hidden stories!