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Little Stranger Films

An award winning film production company making films and connections between strangers.


マイ・ラブ:6つの愛の物語 日本篇

Netflix Original Documentary Series
My Love: Six Stories of True Love – Kinuko & Haruhei


日本篇の監督はLittle Stranger Filmsの戸田ひかる。撮影監督に第一回大島渚賞受賞で話題を呼ぶ小田香(『セノーテ』(2020))、編集者は佐藤真監督や小森はるか監督作品を手掛ける秦岳志など、日本のインディペンデント映画界の第一線で活躍するスタッフが結集。この他、インド、ブラジル、スペイン、韓国、アメリカの全6エピソード共に、インディペンデントの作家たちによるダイレクト・シネマ形式で制作されており、Netflixオリジナルシリーズとしては新たな挑戦となる。




Of Love & Law

Fumi and Kazu are partners in love and law; they run the first law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. As lawyers driven by their own experience of being ​outsiders​, they attract a range of clients who reveal the ​hidden diversity of a country that prides itself for collective obedience, politeness and conformity. Tired of being silenced and made to feel invisible, ​the lawyers and their misfit clients expose and challenge the archaic status quo that deems them second-class citizens.

OF LOVE & LAW follows the two lawyers as they enter into the lives of their clients; we meet Rokudenashiko, an artist arrested for breaking the obscenity law with her vagina themed art works; Ms. Tsujitani dismissed from her teaching position for not singing the national anthem at a graduation ceremony; Anonymous individuals who have no official legal status in Japan for being born outside of the traditional family structure.

In a country where being a ​family​ is the ultimate social status, the lawyers ​dream of becoming dads – but adoption is not even an option. But one day, Kazu and Fumi find themselves taking in a boy who has suddenly been made homeless, and their world start to change…

Of Love & Law Team

Director: Hikaru Toda is self-shooting Director/Editor based in London and Osaka working in long and short format documentaries. Her films have screened on BBC Storyville, France Televisions, NHK, The Guardian and major international film festivals including Hot Docs, CPH DOX and Melbourne International Film Festival. Hikaru moved to Japan for the first time in 22 years to make Of Love & Law.

Producer: Recently awarded the prestigious BFI Vision Awards for the UK’s most exciting emerging producers, Elhum Shakerifar is a BAFTA nominated producer with an interest in the intersection between the personal and the political. She recently produced multi award-winning BFI/BBC supported A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister, 2015), which has also screened in both UK and European Parliaments. Elhum is an advisor for London Film Festival and film curator of Shubbak, festival of contemporary Arab culture.  

Co-Producer Estelle Robin You of the French company Les Films du Balibari is based in Nantes. Her productions have been selected in festivals worldwide including Visions du Réel – Nyon, Planet Doc Review – Warsaw, Cinéma du Réel – Paris, Dei Popoli – Florence, IDFA Amsterdam, Hot Docs, Toronto and New Horizons – Wroclaw. In 2010, she was also nominated for the Procirep Best Producer award. Les Films Du Balibari

DoP Jason Brooks is a London-based cinematographer and camera operator specialising in documentary work in unfamiliar cultural contexts. Having trained in visual anthropology at Princeton University and Goldsmiths College, he has worked on several feature-length documentaries including Peace Vs. Justice (Klaartje Quirijns, 2012, Uganda); Addicted in Afghanistan (Jawed Taiman, 2009, Kabul); Uspomene 677 (2011, Mirko Pincelli, Bosnia) and; The Mouse That Roared (Judith Ehrlich, In Production, Iceland). Opticalism

Editor & Associate Producer: Takeshi Hata is an award-winning editor based in Osaka, Japan. He has recently worked on Kazuo Hara’s feature length documentaries.

Of Love & Law Contact

Director: Hikaru Toda | hikaru@littlestrangerfilms.com

Producer: Elhum Shakerifar |  elhum@hakawati.co.uk