Gemini Jun 12, 1970 Ashikaga Director and Producer
Kazuhiro Soda is a Japanese documentary filmmaker based in New York, USA. He has lived in New York since 1993. He is known for his observational style and method of documentary film-making.
In 2005, Kazuhiro Soda shot Campaign, depicting a political campaign in Kawasaki, Japan, by Kazuhiko Yamauchi, an inexperienced candidate officially endorsed by the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party. When completed, it was invited to the forum section of Berlin International Film Festival in 2007. PBS broadcast a 52-minute version, which won the Peabody Award in 2008. The TV version was broadcast under a different title, Campaign! The Kawasaki Candidate as part of the Why Democracy? series, a global media event co-produced by 33 broadcasters around the world, including the BBC, CBC, and NHK. The 120-minute theatrical version won the Best Documentary Award at the Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival in 2008.
From 2005 to 2007, Soda shot Mental, which focuses on the lives of patients in a small mental clinic Chorale Okayama in Japan. The film was world-premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2008, and won the Best Documentary Award there.