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Minka is an award-winning documentary short based on John Roderick’s memoir about the traditional hand-built farmhouse he acquired 1967 while working for the Associated Press in Japan. Filmed just following Roderick’s death at 93, the film interviews architect Yoshihiro Takishita, Roderick’s adopted son who worked on the house, and explores themes of place, memory, architecture, and home. Beautiful:

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