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The Birth of Saké

World Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 94 MINUTES | Japanese | English subtitles


Documentary, NY Director(s)
Erik Shirai’s atmospheric ode to the 2,000-year-old art of saké introduces audiences to the Tedorigawa brewery and the small brotherhood of highly dedicated and painstakingly trained artisans who bring the ancient spirit into existence year after year. Spending six months away from friends and family, the team of men live and work together under the tutelage of the Brewmaster, a respected leader who is also like a surrogate father or brother to them. Facing the evolving tastes of a new generation of saké drinkers, Tedorigawa remains steadfast in its commitment to creating the highest quality product.

Exquisitely shot over the period of a year, Shirai takes us on a rare tour of the Tedorigawa brewery to reveal a culture and tradition that finds a quiet and natural beauty in its delicate process.

—Liza Domnitz


Directed by Erik Shirai

Erik Shirai worked on numerous documentaries and TV shows before launching the production company, Cebu Osani Creative, in 2008. The company’s focus is to combine fiction and non-fiction aesthetics to create compelling films. He is based in New York.
Erik Shirai
Masako Tsumura
Takeshi Fukunaga, Frederick Shanahan
Erik Shirai
Executive Producer
Mark Karpeles
Ken Kaizu
Sound Design/Mix
One Thousand Birds, Andrew Tracy, Calvin Pia, Laura Dopp
Yamamoto Toji, Yasuyuki Yoshida


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