Hikaru Toda’s affecting, eye-opening debut documentary highlights the groundbreaking human-rights work done by the country’s first and only LGBT law firm, whilst simultaneously revealing a hidden side of Japanese society.
Gentle yet authoritative in its approach, Of Love and Law follows Fumi and Kazu, two openly gay lawyers and modern-day heroes who run a law firm in downtown Osaka and have been together for 15 years. In a country where their partnership has no legal recognition, it hasn’t always been easy gaining acceptance; but this astonishingly dedicated pair isn’t afraid to champion civil liberties despite the odds stacked against them.
The cases that they take on tell an illuminating, sometimes shattering story about a country where departures from often restrictive norms can lead to prosecution by law and alienation from society at large.
MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund. Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here.