Armenia, Netherlands

2009, 82 min.


Producer: Harutyun Khachatryan, Gevorg Gevorgyan, Denis Vaslin

Director: Harutyun Khachatryan

Script: Harutyun Khachatryan, Mikayel Stamboltsyan, 

Cast: Liparit Lipatirian, Manvel Mkhitaryan, Davit Gasparyan, Parandzem Chakhalyan, Nvard Gasparyan, Alik Gasparyan, Sayat Poghosyan, Elya Poghosyan

Director of Photography Vrezh Petrosyan

Music: Avet Terteryan

Sound: Karen Tsaturyan, Paruyr Baghyan, Mikayel Stamboltsyan, Hayk Israyelyan, Anahit Kesayan, 

Editing: Harutyun Khachatryan.

Production Companies:

GOLDEN APRICOT Fund for Cinema Development

Armenian National Film Center

Volya Film B.V.



A poetic docu-drama based on real events witnessed by Armenian master Khachatryan. He reflects on the tragedy that befell his people during the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the 1990s, after the Soviet Union fell apart. He does so without words or indeed human protagonists, through the story of a buffalo who is found stuck in a ditch in the countryside. He is brought to a nearby farm where animals, farmers and refugees are gathered to hide and recover from the conflict. All regard him with great suspicion. We follow life on the farm and in the surrounding villages through the eyes of the buffalo over the course of a year, with the changing of the seasons and the slow rhythm of the place. All this is presented in Khachatryan’s recognizable, idiosyncratic style.


Harutyun Khachatryan (born 1955, Akhalkalak, Georgia).

In 1981 Harutyun Khachatryan graduated from the Film Department of Cultural Faculty of Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute. Worked as an assistant director and director at the Armenian Documentary Studio and later at Hayfilm Studio. His films won many prizes at various Int'l film festivals. In 2003 he received the State Award of Armenia. Meritorious Artist of Republic of Armenia. In 2007 received Prince Klaus Award (The Netherlands).


The Voices of the District (1981), Hosted by the Commander (1985), Chronicle of a Case (1985), Three Rounds From Vladimir Yengibaryan’s Life (1986), Kond (1987), White Town (1988),The Wind of Emptiness (1989), Return to the Promised Land (1991), The Last Station (1994), Documentarist (2003), Return of the Poet (2005), Border (2009).