I have ten commandments, many people misinterpret it thinking that I am not a free filmmaker. I self-impose my rules and I'm kind of restricted, but actually, these restrictions are there to set me free.
Kazuhiro Soda 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, OBSERVATIONAL FILM #1) 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, OBSERVATIONAL FILM #2) won numerous awards including the Best Documentary Award at the Busan International Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival. PEACE (2010, OBSERVATIONAL FILM EXTRA), 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 THEATRE 2 (2012, OBSERVATIONAL FILM #3 and #4) won the Young Juries Prize at the Festival des 3 Continents. CAMPAIGN 2 (2013, OBSERVATIONAL FILM #5) has been invited to such festivals as Cinema du Reel, Hong Kong International Film Festival, and MoMA Documentary Fortnight. OYSTER FACTORY (2015, OBSERVATIONAL FILM #6) premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival and won the audience award at the Kinotayo Film Festival. His film ZERO was selected at the Berlinale Forum 2020.