Yoshida Brewery in northern Japan is a 144 year old family brewery that makes sake the old fashioned way. That is, they make sake in a way that preserves a 2000 year old tradition. Erik Shirai made a beautiful short of the people at Yoshida and the process of making sake in his film The Birth of Sake and it looks like it'll be an incredible watch.

It's a fascinating story. The workers of Yoshida Brewery must live and work together for six months at the brewery to make the sake.

The Birth of Saké is a cinematic documentary that reveals the story of passionate saké-makers and what it takes to make world-class saké at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan.

The workers at Yoshida Brewery are an eclectic cast of characters, ranging from 20 to 70 years old. As a vital part of this cast that must live and work for a six-month period through the brutal winter, charismatic veteran brewmaster Yamamoto (65) and the brewery's sixth-generation heir, Yasuyuki Yoshida (27), are keepers of this tradition, and are the main characters who bring the narrative forward.

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The trailer is below. The film premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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