Silk Scren RAGS Foundation Winners!

Two Weddings and a Funeral Wins RAGS Foundation

People’s Choice Award for Best Film

Silk Screen is proud to announce the winner of the  RAGS Foundation People’s Choice Award for the 2013 Film Festival. It is Two Weddings and Funeral ( South Korea)

The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by the RAGS Foundation, which is a non-profit organization started by Sridhar and Gunjan Tayur

 All films [except opening, closing night, and short films] were eligible to win the prize.


First Place Winner: Two Weddings and a Funeral

South Korea, 2012

Directed by: Kim Jho Gwang-Soo

Starring: Kim Dong Yoon-I,  Ryu Hyeon-kyeong, Jeong Ae-Yeon

Awards and Screenings: Busan International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival

Two Weddings and a  Funeral’s director, Kim Jho Gwang-soo, is one of South Korea’s few openly gay public figures, and uses his films as a platform to explore the lives of gay individuals in a society that largely frowns upon same-sex relationships. Kim uses his 2012 production to follows painfully shy, gay doctor Min Soo’s relationship with his partner, Suk, as they try to hide their relationship from family members and friends while still maintaining their love for one another. The director doesn’t just follow male same-sex relationships, but also delves into the daily life of a gay female obstetrician – Hyo Jin –  who works in the same hospital as Min-Soo. Like Min Soo, Hyo-Jin also has trouble reconciling her sexuality with Korean society, especially as she and her partner (played by Jeong) desire to adopt a son. In order to hide their sexuality and fulfill Hyo-Jin’s desire for a son, Hyo-Jin and Min-Soo marry, with plenty of antics and poignancy blended into later scenes. Close to the film’s end, a good friend of Min-soo’s is discriminated against because of his sexuality, leading Min-soo (and the audience) to wonder – does happiness and acceptance mean that you must live a lie?

A truly revolutionary film, Kim Jho Gwang-soo’s Two Weddings and a Funeral encourages not only acceptance of homosexuality in a largely disapproving global society, but offers a model from which people can learn to love themselves and others for who they are. 


Second Place Winner: The Thieves

South Korea, 2012

Directed by: Choi Dong-Hoon

Starring: Kim Yeon Seok, Lee Jung-jae, Kim Hae-sook, Jun Ji-hyun

Awards and Festivals: Hawaii International Film Festival, Hae-suk Kim won Best Supporting Actress at the Grand Bell Awards (Korea’s Oscars)

Coupling high comedy with elements of Ocean’s Eleven and Reservoir Dogs, Choi Dong-Hoon’s The Thieves follows an eclectic group of cat burglars and upper-echelon thieves as they attempt to steal a diamond necklace from a Macau casino. Along with the diamond heist plot, Choi interspersed the narrative with a reunion of ex-lovers and ex-partners in crime;  a mother-daughter duo who are polar opposites; and a mysterious gangster known for doing away with all who cross him. As with any good caperfilm, the players’ individual agendas and betrayals lead to a series of hilarious antics, and leave the audience wondering just who will get away with the diamond necklace.  

Honorable Mention: Foreign Letters

USA, Israel, Vietnam, 2012

Directed by: Ela Thier

Starring: Noa Rotstein, Dalena Le, Jade Gurman-Chan, Daniel Bahr

Festivals and Awards: Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival ( 2013), Utopia Jewish Center, Rosh-Pina Cinematheque, Nasville International Film Festival, Busan International Children’s Festival

Set in the United States in the 1980’s, Ela Their’s Foreign Letters is a semi-autobiographical account of two girls – Ellie, whose family fled from Israel, and Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee – whose shared backgrounds and mutual desire for friendship lead to a deep bond. Yet as the girls grow older and try to adjust to life in the United States, their friendship begins to fray – Thuy focuses more on her academic studies, and Ellie interprets this as Thuy purposefully distancing herself from Ellie. After the relationship reaches its nadir, Ellie realizes that she must find her own path in life and accept herself for who she is, allowing her to finally reconcile her friendship with Thuy.  In the film’s final scenes,  as we see Ellie writing a letter to an old friend in Israel, the audience is left with a simple yet poignant message– nothing can tear apart true friendship. Not only does the film explorses the issues faced by immigrants adjusting to a new lifestyle and culture, Ela Thier’s Foreign Letters is an innovative coming-of-age story and a testimony to human goodness and friendship.


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Are You Ready for Another Silk Screen Festival?

Feeling a little blue now that Silk Screen’s 2013 Film Festival is over? Well, we have good news – we will be having a mini-festival this November! Every fall, Silk Screen holds a weekend of Middle Eastern films and shorts at the Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus, in order to showcase recent innovative and profound films from countries such as Egypt, Israel, and many others. We haven’t yet decided on final dates and locations yet, but be sure to check back for more updates!

Check out more information at :

Film Festival Title Scramble

Below we have scrambled the names of all the movies featured in this year’s film festival – and we have to admit, even though we switched up the letters ourselves we are having some trouble deciphering all of the titles. Can you unscramble them all without peeking?

1.         ntcgihgota

2.         8ir7c6ao

3.         eysatsleflvayo

4.         2pne5u

5.         nareglracd

6.         dzapiro

7.         edertstompeoni

8.         shaky

9.         setheihtev

10.       wrdeinalnetauwngfdaods

11.       sabaps

12.       idheugartan

13.       bsyikzabushs

14.       stodwhaows

15.       ruasa

16.       setleheslsep

17.       mastiut

18.       iwtisogtpprehhcnedflerlogufast

19.       woatchfahsrniac

20.       eprettsense

21.       tugat

22.       othemphyetme

23.       atiep

24.       tear0echriutch11

25.       shhadeot

26.       betinarheceor

27.       gahwyih

28.       sibutstlgeihsaens

29.       gdemcnlrisihidhtn

30.       kiefyelof

31.       maghrnite

32.       sefolrerteigtn

33.       fbeskilijinecrg

Have You Ever Tried Paneer Bhutuwa?

Today’s recipe from Explore Nepal is called Paneer Bhutuwa, which is a fried paneer recipe from Nepal. While this isn’t typically something that you could eat during a movie, this would be a fantastic snack to greet your stomach after seeing one of tonight’s film screenings – perhaps Highway from Nepal, or Egypt’s Cairo 678and Afghanistan’s Buzkashi Boys. However, this dish is so savory and scrumptious that you may just have to have as a pre- and post-movie snack.


–           1 lb paneer or tofu, cubed

–           1 cup diced red pepper

–           1 cup diced onion

–           1 cup diced tomatoes

–           ½ cream

–           2 cups sliced mushrooms

–           2 cups shredded spinach

–           5 dehydrated red chilies

–           1 tsp. turmeric

–           5 tbsp. oil

–           1 tbsp. curry powder

–           1 tbsp. garlic

–           1 tbsp. minced garlic

–           1 tbsp. minced ginger

–           2 tbsp cilantro

–           Salt and pepper to taste



1.         Blanch the vegetables in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes,then immediately place them into an ice bath

2.         Allow 2 tbsp. oil to heat on a frying pan, and then cook the cheese cubes until they are browned and mildly crispy on all sides

3.         Add 3 tbsp. oil, turmeric, onions and chilies into the frying pan with the paneer. Allow them to brown slightly but continually stir the mixture

4.         Add in the garlic, ginger and curry powder, and let them seep into the mixture for no more than one minute

5.         A minute after seasoning the vegetables and paneer, move them to a separate sauce pan so that they can cook on a low heat for about minutes. Afterwards, add in the tomatoes, salt and pepper, and cream, making sure to evenly mix everything

6.         If the pan becomes to dry, add a small amount of water. Allow the mixture to cook for 5-8 minutes, and then add spinach.

7.         Once everything is properly browned and cooked, remove from pan and serve on a bed of rice and garnish with cilantro

If you want to try out more delicious dishes from Nepal, Explore Nepal offers several great recipes:


If you have a Nepali friend with whom you would like to cook this dish, or if you ever plan on visiting a home in Nepal, the Film Development Board, Nepal, lists several Nepali customs that you should keep in mind when dining with a Nepali friend, especially at their home.

          You should hold your palms together, and greet others with “Namaste” or “namaskar” if they are your elders. Remove your shoes before entering the host’s home, and also before you enter a temple or stupa (Buddhist shrine).

          When eating, use your hands and utensils to only touch your own meal. It is considered rude and impure if you use your utensils or hand that you are eating with to touch someone else’s serving dish, plate, food, etc. The same rule applies for touching others’ drinking glasses or drinking others’ beverages.

          Even though Nepali cuisine is exceptionally delicious, refrain from licking your fingers, or else you will insult your hosts.

          It is also advised that your feet do not touch anything other than the ground that you are walking upon – touching other objects with your feet is greatly frowned upon in Nepal

If you would like to learn about more Nepali customs, culture and cinema, you may want to look at the Film Development Board, Nepal’s website, which is run by the Government of Nepal:

What Was the First Movie Filmed in Nepali Called?

In 1966, the first private film company – Sumonanjali Films Pvt. Ltd. released its first film, Maitighar. The film featured several famous Nepali and Indian actors and singers, including Prem Dhoj Pradhan, C. P. Lohani and Aruna Lama (all from Tibet), and Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey,  Usha Mangeshkar and Mala Singh.. Lata Mangeshkar was also featured in the musical score, having sang a song  written by the late king of Tibet, King Mahendra Bir Bikran Shah Dev.

However, the first Nepali language film – Satya Harishchandra – was produced in Kolkata, India and released in 1951, but the first movie to be both filmed in Nepal and the Nepali language was Aama, released in 1964.

If you would like to learn more about Nepali customs, culture and cinema, you may want to look at the Film Development Board, Nepal’s website, which is run by the Government of Nepal:


Silk Screen Will Have Several Encore Film Screenings

If you weren’t able to see any of the awesome movies that were shown Saturday , May 11, until Tuesday, May 14, don’t worry – Silk Screen will be offering several encore presentations! Below we have listed the second screenings of movies shown between Saturday and Tuesday, and you may click here if you wish to see a complete listing of all movies that we will be showing until the Film Festival’s end this Sunday, May 19.


          Saturday, May 18, 6:00 PM

          Melwood Classrom

B.A. Pass

– Saturday, May 18, 2:00 PM

– Regent Square Theater

Buzkashi Boys

          Wednesday, May 15, 8:00 PM

          Melwood Screening Room

Cha Cha for Twins

          Thursday, May 16, 5:30 PM

          Regent Square Theater

Foreign Letters

          Friday, May 17, 8:00 PM

          Melwood Screening Room

The Guardian

          Sunday, May 19, 12:30 PM

          Melwood Classroom


          Friday, May 17, 5:30 PM

          Melwood Screening Room

Key of Life

          Friday, May 17, 2:00 PM

          Melwood Screening Room


          Saturday, May 18, 4:30 PM

          Regent Square Theater

Modest Reception

          Friday, May 17, 2:00 PM

          Regent Square Theater


          Friday, May 17, 6:00 PM

          Melwood Classroom


          Saturday, May 18, 3:00 PM

          Carnegie Museum of Natural History Earth Theater ( rear portal entrance)

The Perils of Growing up Flat-Chested

          Saturday, May 18, 8:00 PM

          Melwood Screening Room

Present Tense

          Sunday, May 19, 12:30 PM

          Carneige Museum of Natural History Earth Theater (rear portal entrance)

Pune 52

          Sunday, May 19,  2:00 PM

          Regent Square Theater

The Sleepless (a.k.a. Two Moons)

          Friday, May 17, 8:30

          Melwood Classroom


          Saturday, May 18, 3:00 PM

          Melwood Classroom

The Thieves

          Friday, May 17, 8:15 PM

          Regent Square Theater

Two Moons

          Saturday, May 18, 8:00 PM

          Melwood Screening Room

Valley of Saints

– Sunday, May 19, 3:00 PM

– Carnegie Museum of Natural History Earth Theater ( rear portal entrance)

We hope to see you there!

Where Can You Drink Tea with Salt, Butter, and Yak Milk ?

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Since we were unable to post a recipe yesterday, today we will offer three recipes that come from Asia. Our first recipe is Butter Tea, from Tibet. As the name suggests, this is black tea that is mixed with salt and butter. While this sounds too rich and salty to the Western palate,  this is one of the most popular beverages in Tibet, especially on especially cold and blustery days.  Even better, this serves as a great beverage to warm you up as you walk to and enjoy one of Silk Screen’s many evening film showings ( for a full list of times and showing, click here)

Below we have found a recipe for traditional butter tea from, a website run by Lobsang WangDu, a  Tibetan photographer and renowned chef.  

Traditional Recipe Ingredients

          Black tea (Tibetans often use black tea that comes in brick form, or “brick tea”, and chip off however many tea leaves that they would like to put in the brew. Genuine Tibetan black tea usually comes from behind a region called

          Water (amount varies depending on how much you are making)


          Yak butter

          Yak Milk

          A churn

Non-Tibetan Recipe Ingredients

          Black tea (from tea bags)

          4 cups of eater

          1/3 cup of milk or cream

          2 tbsp butter

          ¼ tsp. salt

          A large covered container


1.      Boil water in a saucepan or pot. Once boiled, mix in tea and let  it dissolve into the boiling water for several minutes.

2.      After the tea has reached its desired strength, remove the excess tea leaves.

3.      Mix in the salt, butter, and milk. Once everything is thoroughly mixed together, turn off the burner and pour the mixture into a large covered container or churn.

4.      Thoroughly shake or churn the mixture for 2-3 minutes, or until the tea is evenly mixed and slightly frothy. The longer that the tea is churned, the better the flavor

5.      Drink immediately after preparation.

If you would like to learn more about Mr. WangDu or Tibetan culture and cuisine, you may want to check out Mr Wangdu’s website,