Kazuhiro Soda
(Japan)

Kazuhiro Soda is a Peabody Award winning filmmaker. He's also a recipient of the Marek Nowicki lifetime achievement prize awarded by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. 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. He is also the author of seven books published in Japanese.

Ten Commandments of Observational Filmmaking
1 No research.
2 No meetings with subjects.
3 No scripts.
4 Roll the camera yourself.
5 Shoot for as long as possible.
6 Cover small areas deeply.
7 Do not set up a theme or goal before editing.
8 No narration, super-imposed titles, or music.
9 Use long takes.
10 Pay for the production yourself.

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Filmography
THE BIG HOUSE
2018
INLAND SEA
2018
OYSTER FACTORY
2015
CAMPAIGN 2
2013
THEATER 1 & THEATER 2
2012
PEACE
2010
MENTAL
2008
CAMPAIGN
2007
MY SON WAS KILLED
2005
111 FIRST IN WINTER
2005
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
2004
SOLOMON GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
2004
FESTIVAL OF THE SUN (NHK)
2002
INTERNET ADOPTION
2001
NEW YORKERS
1997-2003
THE FLICKER
1997
FREEZING SUNLIGHT
1996
A NIGHT IN NEW YORK
1995
A FLOWER AND A WOMAN
1995

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