Alisi Telengut | Canada, Germany 2020 | 8 Min.
Given the existential crisis of modernity in the face of human-made environmental changes, it appears helpful to reconsider animism as a way to conceive of planetary health and non-human materiality.
The animated film THE FOURFOLD explores the indigenous worldview and wisdom of Mongolia and Siberia, based on centuries of shamanic rituals and animistic beliefs. Nature is the home of humans and the Earth, with its rivers that nourish all beings, its divine mother, while the supreme deity Tengri represents the father as heaven. There are more goddesses and gods who coexist with mortals.
Director: Alisi Telengut
Animation: Alisi Telengut
2020 Jury Award of Best Animation, Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, USA
2020 Jury Award, Cinécipo 9º Festival do Filme Insurgente, Brazil
2021 Best Animated Short Nominee, Canadian Screen Award;
2021 Nomination for Best Short Film, Sundance Film Festival, USA;
2020 Rovereto DOC Fest – The International Archaeology Film Festival / Rassegna Internazionale Cinema Archeologico, Fondazione Museo Civico di Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy; et al.
Alisi Telengut is a Canadian artist of Mongolian origin. Alisi creates animation frame by frame under the camera, with painting as the medium, to generate movement and explore hand-made and painterly visuals for her films. Her works received multiple international awards and nominations, including the Best Short Film Award at Stockholm Film Festival (Sweden), Best Animated Film at Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (USA), and at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Canada). They have been exhibited internationally at galleries and festivals, such as at Sundance (USA), Slamdance (USA), and the Canadian Cultural Centre at the Embassy of Canada (France). They have not only been presented as animation and moving image artworks with the unique visual style, but have also contributed to ethnographic and ethnocultural research. Her recent work has been added to the permanent collection of Art Science Exhibits Berlin (Germany) that represents the leading-edge of art making with dedication to positive action for Earth’s recovery.