Kazuhiro Soda was born in Ashikaga, Japan in 1970 and has lived in New York since 1993.
His first feature observational documentary CAMPAIGN (2007) was world-premiered at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), and was invited to about 25 film festivals around the world. Its 52-minute version was broadcast on PBS, winning the Peabody Award in 2009. It was also broadcast in almost 200 countries on such broadcasters as BBC, PBS, ZDF/ARTE, CBC, NHK, among others. It has also won the Best Documentary Award at Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival.
His second feature observational documentary, MENTAL won the best documentary award at Pusan International Film Festival and at Dubai International Film Festival in 2008. It has also won Special Jury Mention at Miami International Film Festival 2009, Outstanding Documentary Award at Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009, and Inter-religious Jury Prize at Visions du Reel 2009.
PEACE, his latest observational documentary, opened the DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival in 2010. It has won the Audience Award at the Tokyo Filmex, the Best Documentary Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and the Buyens=Chagoll Prize at the Visions du Reel.
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