KAZUHIRO SODA was born and raised in Japan and has lived in New York
since 1993. He has directed numerous fiction films and TV documentaries,
but CAMPAIGN (SENKYO) is his first feature documentary.
It was invited to many film festivals around the world including
Berlin Film Festival, and it won the prestigious Peabody Award in 2009.
His second feature documentary MENTAL(2008) has won many awards including
the Best Documentary Award at both Pusan Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival,
Outstanding Documentary Award at Hong Kong Film Festival, Special Jury
Prize at Miami Film Festival, and Inter-religious Jury Prize at
Visions du Reel.
While he was still a student, his short fiction film "The Flicker" (1997)
competed for a Silver Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival in Italy.
"Freezing Sunlight" (1996) was nominated for a New Filmmaker's Award
at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil. "A Flower and a Woman" (1995)
won a Special Commendation in the Canadian Annual International Film Festival.
Among the many TV documentaries Soda has directed,
"Landscape Without Mother" (NHK) won a Telly Award in 2001.
He holds BFA in Filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts
and BA in Religious Studies from Tokyo University. Soda is a big fan of
The Dalai Lama and conducted an interview with him in 1994.
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