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 invited to many prestigious festivals such as Berlinale and was aired in nearly 200 countries and territories around the world. It won the Peabody Award in the U.S. “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 Cinema du Reel, Hong Kong International Film Festival, and MoMA Documentary Fortnight. "Oyster Factory" (2015) premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival and won the audience award at the Kinotayo Film Festival.
Soda's latest film "Inland Sea" (2018) is invited to Berlinale and will be released in Japan in April 2018. "The Big House" (2018) will be released in June 2018. He is currently working on "Second Life".
He is also the author of seven books published in Japan. He taught at the University of Michigan as a visiting professor
from 2016 till 2017.