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 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.