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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:
  • 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
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.
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):
Ruth Abrass
Navruz Avloni
Shirchin Baatar
Hanna Bailey
Elena Balashova
Alexander Bapa
Natalie Bondar
Kathleen Braunstein
Genrietta Bykin
Maria Bykin
JoAnn Conrad
Dieter Christensen
Wayne Eastep
Patrick Hayes
David Hooson
Karen Folger Jacobs
Anait Khudanazarova
Jack Kollmann
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Scott Morgan
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Zhanara Nauryzbaeva
Karen Nelsen
Joan E. Norvelle
Beket Nurzhanov
James O.Bailey
Akin Orhun
Skydrite Rubene
Vadim Ryvkin
Ernar Sagatov
Turburam Sandagdorj
Martin Schwartz
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Elizabeth Shedd
Tatiana Shubin
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Irina Serkebaeva
John Sommer
Kemal Sonmez
Tenzin Tsophel
Orna Uranchimeg-Tsultem
Bayan Tulegenova
Leonid Urjuk
Santo K. van Ess
Albina Yerzhanova
Joanne Yoshimura 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
Current Announcements
Silk Road House will need to replace the announced movie “The Wishing Tree” (1977), which has no English subtitles, by another masterpiece of Georgian cinema produced in the same year, “Mimino,” which is subtitled. This is a comedy film by director Georgiy Daneliya (b. 1930), starring two brilliant actors, Vakhtang Kikabidze (a Georgian, b. 1938) and Frunzik Mkrtchyan (an Armenian, 1930-1993). Anatoliy Petritskiy (b. 1931) served as director of photography. Wonderful music composed by famous Gia Kancheli (b. 1935). 1977 – Golden Prize at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival, 1978 – "Golden Lacheno" Award at the 19th IFF in Avellino (Italy), 1978 – Best Comedy Film Award at the 11th All-Union Film Festival in Yerevan. The DVD released in 2005.

Georgian bush pilot Mimino (a nickname means in Georgian ‘sparrow hawk’ – quite fitting for a pilot) works at small local airlines, flying helicopters between villages. But he dreams of piloting large international airlines aircraft, so he decides to go to Moscow. There in a hotel he meets Armenian truck driver Roobik Khachikyan who is given a place in that hotel by mistake instead of another Khachikyan (Professor), and they have a lot of adventures.

Always amicable and open to people, Mimino does not feel at home in the big city. Nevertheless, he becomes a pilot of a supersonic jet liner, Tu-144, flying all over the world. But feeling homesick, he finally comes back to his native town of Telavi, the capital of Kakheti region in Georgia, to family and friends. Filled with charming local color, warm and humorous characters, melodious music, and brilliant acting, this offbeat gem is bound to tickle your funny bone!

Languages: Georgian, Russian, English, Armenian. Subtitles: English. Runtime: 97 min.

The screening will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.

Saturday, July 25, from 5-7pm

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.