Birth of Saké, The

Director: Erik Shirai • US, Japan

To create the Japanese drink of saké as it’s been made for centuries, a small group of passionate laborers channel time and the elements at a 144-year-old family-owned brewery in northern Japan. This contemplative, award-winning film chronicles a year in the life of close-knit individuals who remain steadfast in the face of modernity. The Birth of Saké is as beautifully crafted as the artisanal drink it profiles.

Year: 2015
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Run Time: 91 Min.
Festival Program: U.S. Indies, Documentary
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51-SB-Sundance 51-SB-PRRS