The Wind (Hove) Movie Trailer

About the Movie

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.
From writer/ Director Alex Webb is Armenian by marriage: his wife, Shirleyann Kaladjian, stars in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis.

The Wind (Hove) creator Alex Webb

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.”

the wind

the wind

“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.”

The Wind – “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.

Alex Webb and Mariam Stepanyan

Alex Webb

Presentation Experience

“Shirleyann and I were honored to be invited to present “Hove” as part of the Martyr’s Day Commemoration at St. John’s Armenian Church in Detroit. Father Garabed was an incredible host, kind, eloquent and welcoming.

As we drove onto the grounds of this beautiful church, we were struck by the powerful image of 1500 white crosses planted on the lawn. Each one representing 1000 of the 1,500,000 Armenians slaughtered in the 1915 genocide in Ottoman Turkey.

There was a beautiful requiem service in the sanctuary and an amazing short sermon by Father Garabed. He spoke of the importance of viewing the aftermath of the Genocide as a victory, a victory of survival. He addressed the danger of the Armenian community thinking of themselves as ‘victims’, rather than as victors. As the parent to an Armenian child, it really made me pause. I was reminded of the importance and force of the words we use and how powerfully they can define our behavior and self-esteem.

Then a wreath was laid outside at the Martyr’s Monument while the choir sang a hymn, “Martyrs Rest In Peace.”

A traditional Madagh dinner was served and we then screened the film in the Cultural Hall to a packed audience.

This was the first time that HOVE was screened as part of a Martyr’s Day commemoration. I was truly moved and really felt speechless to know that there were actual survivors in attendance.

On a personal note, I was thrilled that the evening was so well attended and had gone so beautifully as this is Shirleyann’s hometown and there were lots of old friends for her to see after the event.

Thank you so much to Father Garabed and the congregation of St. John’s for such a moving and wonderful evening.”

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2015, and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.