Kazuhiro Soda is a Peabody Award winning filmmaker. He practices an observational method of documentary filmmaking based on his own "Ten Commandments" which prohibits him from doing pre-shoot research or writing a synopsis before filming. He imposes these rules on himself in order to minimize preconceptions and to be able to make unexpected discoveries while filming and editing.
His debut feature documentary “Campaign” (2007) was screened at many prestigious festivals including Berlinale, aired in nearly 200 countries and territories and won the Peabody Award in the United States. “Mental” (2008) won the Best Documentary Award at the Busan International Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival. “Peace” (2010), the opening film of DMZ Documentary Festival, won the Best Documentary Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Tokyo Filmex. “Theatre 1 and 2” (2012) won the Young Juries Prize at the Festival des 3 Continents. “Campaign 2” (2013) has been invited to such festivals as Cinéma du Réel, Hong Kong International Film Festival, and MoMA Documentary Fortnight.
He is currently working on "Second Life" and is the author of seven books published in Japan. He taught at the University of Michigan as a visiting professor from 2016 - 2017.
"Soda has developed into one of the discipline’s most interesting, and freest, artists." —Robert Koehler, Film Comment
"Some other documentary filmmakers equal Soda in keenness, intelligence, and wit, but few come off as so genuinely caring and kind, able to shift from observer to assuager with such beguiling grace." —Max Nelson, Cinema Scope