The Birth of Saké

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PBS Premiere: Sept. 5, 2016Check local listings »

Synopsis

In Japan, saké has been popular for nearly 2,000 years. But this traditional rice wine is more than a mere libation; the country's finest varieties are considered works of art. The Birth of Saké takes us on a cinematic journey inside the Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned establishment whose workers range in age from 20 to 70. Here, a brotherhood of artisans and their brewmaster spend six months in nearly monastic isolation as they follow a precise, painstaking procedure to bring their "unruly child" into being. Witness the mythical, mystical process of creating a world-renowned masterpiece. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Winner, Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary Director, 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Erik Shirai
Filmmaker Interview
The Craft of Making Saké
Classroom Clip