Dr. Alma Kunanbayeva Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor


At a gala event on May 10, 2014, Dr. Alma Kunanbayeva received a prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor 2014 along with other 100 individuals who "greatly contributed to the American national identity, while preserving the distinct values and heritage of their ancestors." The award was named after the nation's immigrant station, which was the first gate to America for the immigrants who came to the U.S. "to make a new life for themselves, their families, and for the generations that would follow".


Kazakh Embassy hosts Open House event

Embassy of Kazakhstan

As part of the Around the World Embassy Tour, the Kazakh Mission opened its doors on May 3, Saturday, to the DC visitors and residents. Quickly after the start of the event at about 10 am, there was a long line of visitors who wanted to enter the historic heritage building, Sherman House, where the Embassy is based.
Throughout the day, about 3500 visitors came to the Embassy to learn about the ancient history, rich culture and taste world famous Kazakh food.


Kazakh Director Serik Aprymov wins at Central and Eastern Europe film Festival

TengriNews , Apr 19, 2014 

Another film award for a Kazakh director and movie. Serik Aprymov won at the Central and Eastern Europe film Festival in Germany last week for his film Little Brother (Bauyr). A summary on IMDb describes the plot: Small village lost in the mountains. The protagonist is a nine-year-old boy, Yerken, who resembles an ill nestling forced to live without any support. Finally the day comes when his older brother returns home. Yerken is full of joy and happiness.


Coop Himmelb(l)au Envisions City of the Future for Expo 2017

Design Boom , Apr 16, 2014 

Austrian design firm Coop himmelb(l)au has developed a concept for Astana’s 2017 expo, entitled ‘The City of the Future’.


Model from Kazakhstan is on the top of the San Francisco runways

KazSocial , Apr 9, 2014 

KazSocial has an exclusive interview with Kazakh model Zhanel Ali, who is living in San Francisco and has made a name for herself on and off the runway. Zhanel tells her story about growing up on a farm in Southern Kazakhstan, and how she wants to help increase opportunities for development in Kazakh rural areas.
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Harmony Lessons to be screened at FilmFest DC

FilmFest DC , Apr 13, 2014 

Award winning Kazakh film “Harmony Lessons” will be screened during FilmFest DC in Washington, DC on April 20th and 26th. The film has taken much praise at the Berlinale Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and many global film festivals. The film is about thirteen-year-old Aslan, who lives with his grandmother in rural Kazakhstan, where young thugs run the local schoolyard. After he is humiliated and ostracized by them, Aslan begins to withdraw and exhibit obsessive hygiene and other weird behaviors. Burying himself in studies, he prepares his revenge.


Ancient nomads played a significant role in the early spread of domesticated crops

Counsel & Heal , Apr 1, 2014 

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found 5,000-year-old grains of charred barley, millet and wheat at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan. This proves that nomadic herders played significant role in the early spread of the domesticated crops along the Silk Road.


Kazakhstan participated in world 'Earth Hour' action

BNews , Mar 30, 2014 

Kazakhstan joined other nations in participating in Earth Hour on March 29th. Millions of people across Kazakhstan participated with most in Astana and Almaty. Famous landmarks in Astana like the Presidential Palace, Bayterek, and Khan Shatyr cut the juice for an hour to show Kazakhstan’s role in climate change. Cities around the world joined in participating in Earth Hour showing the impact of climate change on the world.


Nauryz 2014 Celebration in Virginia on Monday, March 24

Kazakh Embassy , Mar 19, 2014 

The Kazakh American Association and Kazakh American Alliance are hosting on Monday, March 24, the celebration of Nauryz, a traditional spring festival celebrated by Turkic and Persian peoples. Monday’s celebration will feature a concert by the Children’s Folk Ensemble “Kokіl” performing some special Kazakh musical selections. The celebration will take place at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030. All are welcome to RSVP here.


Kazakhstan film Nagima by Zhanna Issabayeva wins Grand-Prix at Film Festival in France

Tengrinews , Mar 11, 2014 

Kazakhstan film Nagima took home the top prize at the Grand-Prix at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France. Directed by Zhanna Issabayeva, Nagima is a story of two girls who graduate from an orphanage and struggle to survive overcoming many obstacles. The film premiered at the Busan Film Festival and captivated audiences at the 64th Annual Berlinale Film Festival, which is one of the top festivals in the world. The Deauville Film Festival in France is held annually and focuses on Asian cinema.

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