has studied and worked in New York, Istanbul, Toronto as well as her native country Japan. Reflecting her experience in four countries, she has maintained her focus in her work on the challenges and merits of cross-cultural communications and deeper understanding. Her 2015 award-winning film Between Allah and Me (and Everyone Else) has been used regularly in universities across the world. Her directorial debut Dancing with Lives was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at Female Eye Film Festival. Sun, Moon and a Star (Güneş, Ay, Yıldız) , a feature length documentary about the relationship between late-Ottoman Empire and Meiji Japan was aired on CNN Turk. Kyoko has won numerous grants from art councils in federal, provincial and municipality levels in Canada as well as from the Japan Foundation. She holds Batchelor of Art degree in sociology and political science and Master of Fine Arts in documentary media. She also completed courses for Master of Arts in film studies. She lives in the Toronto area.