The duration of “Hove” is 10 minutes, this short film tells the story of two modern Armenian women, Nina and Zara, two friends whose lives are shaken by an unexpected encounter with the past, and the unresolved legacy of the Armenian Genocide.
[ad id=”1838″]From writer/ Director Alex Webb, is Armenian by marriage: his wife, Shirleyann Kaladjian, stars in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis.
Alex Web introduces himself during screenings as “I’m ABC — Armenian by Choice.” Being involved in the Armenian community, Webb was moved to write “Hove,” which means “The Wind.”
“Armenian history has somehow become my history as well, And it’s pretty astounding to me that the history is still so little known, and must be constantly defended.”
“There’s a tendency to put on your emotional armor and not really take it in, The film tries to hit you in that place you know things, where it’s irrefutable in your heart.”
“Hove” itself is a psychological film that creates a powerful mood with colors and details: yellows like the sepia of old photographs, close-ups of faces and furrowed brows and long silences punctuated by brief dialogue.
When talking about the Genocide, “there is a lot in the silences between people,” Webb said. “They often don’t say things
honestly. The important, painful things may not be spelled out completely.”
Most of the movie’s soundtrack is not music, but simply the wind, which is also the title of the film.
Quoting Webb, “Some cultures believe the wind is actually the voice of the ancestors, it’s also something unseen, but very
powerful — like this legacy that we carry, and either think about, or don’t. The wind seems like nothing, yet it scours rocks and
changes the faces of mountains.”
“Hove” has premiered at the 2009 Palm Springs Short Film Festival, and was also screened at the Boston Film Festival, the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and the Montreal Film Festival.
Webb said that the movie will also be used as part of the curriculum of Facing History and Ourselves, an organization that
focuses on genocide and mass violence to teach students about moral and ethical questions in history. [blog_list style=”def” display=”specific” category=”null” specific=”1629″]