Kazuhiro Soda est un Acteur et Réalisateur né le 12 juin 1970 à Préfecture de Tochigi (Japon)
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Naissance 12 juin 1970
(50 ans) à Préfecture de Tochigi (Japon
Kazuhiro Soda (想田 和弘, Sōda, born 1970 in Tochigi Prefecture) 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 (Senkyo) (2007, 120 minutes), 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 (Seishin) (2008, 135 minutes), 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 (PIFF Mecenat Award) there. It also won the Best Documentary Award at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2008. Other awards include Special Jury Mention at the 2009 Miami International Film Festival, Outstanding Documentary Award at the 2009 Hong Kong International Film Festival, and Inter-religious Jury Prize at Visions du Reel in 2009.
In September 2010, Soda premiered a documentary, Peace (2010, 75 minutes), as the opening film of the DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival. Peace depicts the lives of people with disabilities and cats in Okayama, Japan, and was initially commissioned by the DMZ Festival as a short documentary. Peace later won the Audience Award at Tokyo Filmex, Buyens-Chagoll Award at Visions du Reel, and Best Documentary Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
In 2009, Soda started shooting Theater 1" and "Theatre 2", a documentary series about a playwright/theater director Oriza Hirata and his company, Seinendan. The series was world-premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in 2012, and won the Young Jury's Prize at the Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, France in 2012.
He has published several books in Japanese including Mental Illness and Mosaic from Chuohoki Publishing, "The Reason Why I Make Documentaries" from Kodansha Publishing, and "Theatre vs. Film - Can a Documentary Capture Fiction?" from Iwanami Publishing.
Soda attended Tokyo University from 1989 to 1993, majoring in religious studies. He also earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in film-making.
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