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A Japanese student and an American journalist rescue an ancient farmhouse

In 1967, Associated Press foreign correspondent John Roderick and a young university student named Yoshihiro Takishita transported a ‘minka,’ a type of traditional farmhouse, from the Japanese Alps to the forested Tokyo suburb of Kamakura. The massive timber structure came to define both their lives. Filmed just following Roderick’s death at 93, Minka uses the house to investigate the nature of love and memory, and what it means to make a home.

Director: Davina Pardo

Producer: Andrew Blum

17 January 2014

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