Mental handicap comes along with the apparition of a mental disease, the mental capacity of the person goes down, until it becomes a handicap, revealing a lot of difficulties in his/her social life. Inside these mental diseases, some are untreatable because of the repetition of relapses even when the highest crisis peak is over, as for Schizophrenia, and long-term hospitalizations in psychiatric hospital become inevitable. But last year, the importance of a transition and the attachment to regional institutions has been encouraged by welfare services.
In Ai Workshop where the movie occurs (Office of care assistance・B building), a lot of people suffering from mental disorder, do their best to make products that are based on Japanese traditional culture, such as Indigo dye or cord-weaving, or an even more rare occupation in Japan, working in a French restaurant. Then you would feel the fragrance of their cultural creations in ceramics and paintings, which make their everyday life even richer… The discriminations and prejudices against mental disease are still entrenched in our societies, and we can think this come from a misunderstanding and an absence of comprehension towards this handicap. This documentary movie redraws the everyday life of mental handicapped people as they are, feeling difficulties to live their everyday life, willing for you to see their grief, and the “hope” that stands at the end of the tunnel, and I hope to deepen the understanding of every of their mental disorders, and to participate to the realization of a society where they could live with no fears, by this movie.