Silk Road House:
A Cultural and Educational Center
Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an
impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. The main goals of the
Silk Road House are:
Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and
cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern
day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural
center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information
concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.
- to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information
- to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in United States
- to celebrate the Silk Road's tradition of hospitality
A word of appreciation...
Our special and deepest thanks go to those who have made an array of donations to Silk
Road House – by money, various things, books, time, skill or all these together...
Among these generous individuals are (in alphabetical order):
Karen Folger Jacobs
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Joan E. Norvelle
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Santo K. van Ess
...as well as anonymous private donors, the SilkRoad Foundation and the Open Society Institute.
Our cordial thanks to all of you!
- Board of Directors of Silk Road House
Silk Road House presents Silk Road House presents Otar Iosseliani’s Early Films...
A rare chance to see the early black & white films by one of the great Georgian filmmakers, Otar Iosseliani. Titles include (1) “Cast Iron,” 1964.—16 min. Cameraman Shalva Shioshvili. – Documentary. In Russian with English subtitles; (2) “An Old Georgian Folk Song,” Tbilisi, 1969 – 21 min. Cameraman Temur Chokhonelidze. – Documentary on traditional singing in four ethnographically distinctive regions of Georgia – Svaneti, Megrelia, Guria, and Kakheti. English subtitles; and (3) “Seven pieces for the black-and-white cinema” [Sept pièces pour cinéma noir et blanc], Paris, 1982 – 21 min. Cameraman Lionel Cousin. An audio-visual counterpoint that orchestrates glimpses of Parisian life into a joyful cacophony. In French with English subtitles.
Otar Iosseliani (b. 1934) studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatory and graduated in 1952 with a diploma in composition, conducting and piano. Then, while still a student at the State Film Institute, he began working at the Gruziafilm studios in Tbilisi, first as an assistant director and then as an editor of documentaries. When his medium-length film Aprili (1961) was denied theatrical distribution, Iosseliani abandoned filmmaking and in 1963–1965 worked first as a sailor on a fishing boat and then at the Rustavi metallurgical factory. When his 1976 film Pastorali was shelved for a few years and then granted only a limited distribution, Iosseliani grew skeptical about getting any artistic freedom in his homeland. Following Pastorali's international success (1982) the director moved to France. Since then Venice became a showcase for all his subsequent films.
“When a film is successful, I think, it’s always a bad sign,” Iosseliani says. “As far as I’m concerned to make ‘great cinema’ is absolutely impossible, the very idea repels me.”
Running time: 58 min. English subtitles.
The films will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.
Saturday, Sept 5th, from 5-7pm
Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.