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
The Silk Road House presents: "Kyz-Zhibek (The Lady-Silk)"
Kyz-Zhibek, a classic Kazakh film of 1970, the film of stunning cinematic beauty, powerful music, and poetic imaginary, finally is available with English subtitles.
Directed by Sultan-Ahmet KHODZHIKOV (1923-1988). Writing by Gabit MUSREPOV (1902-1985). Cinematography by Askhat ASHRAPOV (1931-2008). Production design by Gulfayrus ISMAILOVA (b. 1929). Music by Nurgisa TLENDIYEV (1925-1998).
The film is based on the popular folk legend known in sixteen variants. The legend dated back to the 16th century. At that time Kazakhstan suffers from severe feudal wars. Each Kazakh province had its own khan and each tried to supersede the other. The moving love story between brave warrior Tolegen and beautiful Zhibek tragically ends because of the conflict between their families. Tolegen is foully murdered by Bekezhan (the batyr, or nobleman, of the rival family), who earlier strived for the hand of Zhibek. Zhibek commits suicide after learning about the death of Tolegen.
Cast: Meruert UTEKESHEVA (b. 1951) as Zhibek, Kuman TASTANBEKOV (b. 1945) as Tolegen, Asanali ASHIMOV (b. 1937) as Bekezhan, Anuarbek MOLDABEKOV as Shege, Kenenbay KOZHABEKOV as khan Syrlybay, and Gulfayrus ISMAILOVA as Zhibek's mother.
The film won several awards in Kazakhstan and all over Soviet Union as a masterpiece of modern cinema.
Running time: 138 min. In Kazakh with English subtitles.
The film will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.
May 25th, Saturday 5-7pm