Born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1986, Atsushi Kuwayama gained a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with the major in anthropology at Kyushu University in 2010. From 2010 to 2012, he worked in Kyrgyzstan as a youth activity specialist through Japan International Cooperation Agency, and after returning home he published “Kyrgyz-Japanese Dictionary 1.0” online. He worked as an assistant producer for the films “Machiya Shinshiroku” and “The Wages of Resistance: Narita Stories” in 2014. He is currently finishing his master’s degree in documentary filmmaking, within DocNomads, an Erasmus Mundus program. His first short film “Olivia,” (Portugal, 2016) codirected by Anna Schlenker, was selected to 56th Cartagena International Film Festival, 2nd Guayaquil International Film Festival, FFilmová noc na hrade Šariš – Film Night at Šariš Castle, and 16th Encontros de Cinema de Viana do Castelo. His second (first solo) short film “Até a pró/cima!” (Portugal, 2017) was selected to 25th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.