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Kazuhiro Soda

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– Worked as a television director for NHK from 1997 to 2005
– Directed “Campaign (Senkyo)” in 2005, invited to Berlin International Film Festival
– PBS broadcast a 52-minute version, winning the Peabody Award in 2008
– Shot “Mental (Seishin)” from 2005 to 2007, premiered at Pusan International Film Festival in 2008
– Premiered “Peace” in 2010, depicting the lives of people with disabilities and cats, winning several awards

– “Campaign (Senkyo)” won Best Documentary Award at Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival in 2008
– “Mental (Seishin)” won Best Documentary Award at Dubai International Film Festival in 2008
– “Peace” won Audience Award at Tokyo Filmex and Best Documentary Award at Hong Kong International Film Festival
– Documentary series “Theater 1” and “Theatre 2” won Young Jurys Prize at Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, France in 2012
– Published “Theatre vs. Film – Can a Documentary Capture Fiction?” in 2012

– Owen Armstrong’s observations on J-Democracy in Vertigo Magazine
– Director biography on
– Kazuhiro Soda featured at MoMA Documentary Fortnight
– Filmography details on Kazuhiro Soda’s official website
– Derek Elley’s review of “Campaign” in Variety @ Berlin

– “Campaign” was part of the global media event “Why Democracy?” co-produced by 33 broadcasters
– “Mental (Seishin)” won the PIFF Mecenat Award at Pusan International Film Festival in 2008
– “Peace” was commissioned as a short documentary by DMZ Docs and later won the Buyens-Chagoll Award at Visions du Reel
– “Theater 1” and “Theatre 2” were world-premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in 2012
– “Campaign” won the Inter-religious Jury Prize at Visions du Reel in 2009

Media Coverage:
– Coverage of “Campaign” in Variety @ Berlin
– “Campaign” winning a Peabody Award discussed on POV – Blog
– IMDb references for Pusan International Film Festival (2008) and Dubai International Film Festival (2008)
– Korea Times article on Kazuhiro Soda
– Ed Meza’s article on Kazuhiro Soda’s biopic in Variety.

Kazuhiro Soda (Wikipedia)

Kazuhiro Soda (想田 和弘, Sōda Kazuhiro, born 1970 in Tochigi Prefecture) is a Japanese documentary filmmaker and author based in New York City. He is known for his observational method of documentary filmmaking.

Kazuhiro Soda
想田 和弘
Born1970 (age 53–54)
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo (BA)
School of Visual Arts (BFA)
OccupationDocumentary filmmaker

Soda obtained a degree in religious studies from the University of Tokyo in 1993 and a BFA in filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he has remained since, in 1997.

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