One man’s dream of bringing a European cow in his picturesque village in Azerbaijan unsettles the conservative community that wants to keep thair secular traditions intact. 


Tapdig has a dream of bringing a European cow into his picturesque village in Azerbaijan to improve the condition of his poor family. He decides to call it Madona. His passion unsettles the traditional community, the Old Men see a threat in having a foreign cow among them as they say its milk is full of chemicals. Even his wife Vafa does not want to take care of such a strange breed. But Tapdig is ready to risk it all and challenges the conservative mentality to open up and rethink the attitude. How do human beings handle change while remaining true to their own traditions? Holy Cow questions the prejudices against the unknown and how ready are we to accept a newcomer.

Khanali Huseynli
Vafa Huseynli
Jalil Huseynli
Atamali Huseynli
Emin Huseynli and Madona


Director: Imam Hasanov
Camera: Sarvar Javadov
Editor: Philipp Gromov
Sound: Jalil Mamadov
Producer: Andra Popescu, Veronika Janatková, Stefan Kloos
Additional camera: Shahmar Safaroglu, Tariverdi Tariverdiyev
Music: Le Trio Joubran, Fikret Nasirov
Color Grading: Jan Ali Moravec
Additional sound: Alakbar Alayev, Elvin Sehetbeyli, Shahriyar Akbarov, Farkhad Hagverdiyev, Nihad Gulamzade, Elmin Badalov
Sound mixing: Martin Blauber
Sound design: Thomas Wallmann, Niklas Kammertöns
Supervising editors: Francois Scullier, Per K. Kirkegaard
Additional edting: Sarkhan Valiyev
Editing assistant: Ibrahim Kerim, Robin Lach
Postproduction coordination: Michaela Syrová, Michaela Struhařová
Production crew Azerbaijzan: Alakbar Aliyev, Matanat Babayeva
Production crew Germany: Loraine Blumenthal, Ali Aliyev, Raji Baxishov, Anja Dziersk, Corine Gasser, Michaela Pňačeková
Production: Free Art, Kloos & Co. Medien Berlin
Co-Production: ZDF in collaboration with ARTE
Supported by: Doha Film Institute, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
Commissioning editor ZDF/ARTE: Ann-Christin Hornberger


Documentary, Germany/Azerbaijan 2015 (77 min.)


Director: Imam Hasanov
Production: Free Art, Kloos & Co. Medien Berlin
Co-Production: ZDF in collaboration with ARTE
Distribution: Rise and Shine Cinema
World Sales: Rise and Shine World Sales


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Festivals (Selection): IDFA – International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, Hot Docs, South East European Film Festival Los Angeles, DocPoint Helsinki, One World Prague, Vera Film Festival, Cinema Planeta, Crossing Europe Linz, Europe On Screen Jakarta, Against Gravity Warsaw, HADOC, Guth Gafa, EBS Korea, Kinookus Food Film Festival, Anuu-ru Aboro, Cinedoc Tbilisi, Devour Food Film Festival, This Human World, Qumra, Basel Quartierfilmfestival, Kilkenny Club, Image Festival Baku