Hove (The Wind)

Boston Film Festival visit

Posted in Uncategorized by hovethewind on September 26, 2009

None … Not a single person at the table.

I was sitting with a group of young festival goers, in a Cambridge diner, after the screening of “Hove.” We were discussing the film when it became apparent that none of them knew anything about the Armenian Genocide prior to that night’s screening. We had at the table – graduates of Ivy league schools, a Fulbright scholar and a Harvard graduate student.

“How is this possible?” I ask myself. I have two conflicting sensations: sadness and encouragement. Sadness at the fact that our educational institutions still place such little (if any) emphasis on this history. And encouragement that the film is being shown and putting the Genocide in front of people who otherwise might never hear anything of it.

I was also encouraged by the fact that they all mentioned that the photos really made an impact. They said the photos gave them a sense of the depth of the tragedy/crime. Comments like “the photos looked just like the Holocaust” told me they were making the kind of lasting impression that I had hoped for.

There also was a lot of interest and from one person, skepticism, about the connection between the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide. I cannot tell you how many people have been disturbed, fascinated and surprised to learn of the large German military presence in Turkey during World War I. All those German soldiers watching (and learning) as the Ottoman Turks methodically wipe out the Armenians. Almost all Armenians know the quote from Hitler, explaining to his generals the efficacy of his proposed “Final Solution”, “after all who remembers the massacre of the Armenians?” But no one at the table had ever heard of this connection until the screening.

I am so grateful that a great organization like Facing History and Ourselves is making such efforts to teach about the Armenian Genocide in the classroom. I am excited for “Hove” to be a part of that effort. I look forward to my son, now five years old, being able to sit around a table with his classmates in college and it not even occur to him that he might need to explain or defend his history because they are already aware.

Obviously there is a lot of work to be done to reach a moment such as that. My efforts will be directed towards a feature length story from the Genocide that could reach millions. I invite anyone who is interested and would like to help in this cause to reach out to me via email (click on “contact” on the banner at top or bottom). Suggestions on fund-raising, potential investors and any other ideas you might have are welcome. “Hove” was the first small step. I look forward to taking leaps and bounds with all of you toward this important goal.

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