Kaori ODA

Born in Osaka (Japan), 1987. Filmmaker/Artist.
Through images and sounds, her works explore the memories of human beings.

She lived in Sarajevo for three years from 2013 and completed the Doctor of Liberal Arts in filmmaking under the supervision of Bela Tarr in 2016.

Her first feature, ARAGANE (2015) shot in a Bosnian coal mine, had its World Premiere at YAMAGATA International Film Festival and received Special Mention. The film has been screened at festivals such as Doclisboa, Mar del Plata IFF, Sarajevo FF, Taiwan International Documentary FF, and more. 
She is a recipient of Grants for Overseas Study by Young Artists of Pola Art Foundation.

Her second feature, Toward A Common Tenderness (2017) a poetic film research, had its World Premiere at DOK Leipzig and her latest film, TS’ONOT/Cenote (2019) shot in underwater caves in Yucatan Mexico, was premiered in Bright Future section at International Film Festival Rotterdam.

She received the Inaugural Nagisa Oshima Prize in 2020 and the new face award of Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in 2021.

Her latest film GAMA (2023) has been screened at MoMA DocFortnight, Cinéma du Réel and Cinéma de Brive (Jury SFCC de la Critique) and more.