A film about place and memory, a farmhouse in Japan, and the lives of the people who called it home.

Read about the making of the film at NYTimes.com: In Japan, a Farmhouse Becomes a Journalist’s Elegy

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 ninety-three, Minka uses the house to investigate the nature of love and memory, and what it means to make a home.


Cinema Eye Honors, Nominee, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking
International Documentary Association Awards, Nominee, Best Documentary Short
Florida Film Festival, Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short
Savannah Film Festival, Special Jury Award


Official Selection: True/False Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, DOC NYC, Sheffield Doc/Fest, SILVERDOCS, Palm Springs ShortFest, Camden International Film Festival, Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, Louisville’s International Festival of Film, Tacoma Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, New Orleans Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Architecture and Design Film Festival (NYC), Bergen International Film Festival, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival


Directed, Produced and Photographed by Davina Pardo
Produced by Andrew Blum
Executive Produced by Tyler Hayes
Consulting Producer Deborah Shaffer
Editor Lila Place
Additional Camera Liam Dalzell
Original Music Max Avery Lichtenstein