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Futoko, children who refuse to attend compulsory education often due to bullying or because they want to pursue other interests, are often misunderstood and struggle with societal expectations. The pressure can be so great that those affected become shut-ins into adulthood or resort to suicide. Despite lack of formal recognition from the government, Miho Uchida, whose son experienced social isolation, seeks to challenge social norms by creating safe space for futoko to freely express themselves and find a sense of belonging.

Hope Davison

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