The Fourfold

Based on the ancient shamanic rituals and animistic beliefs in Mongolia and Siberia, the film explores the indigenous worldview and wisdom: Nature is the homeland of human being, Tengri is the deity and the father sky, Earth is the mother with rivers nourishing all beings, pagan and pantheist gods co-exist with all mortals.

Against the backdrop of the modern existential crisis and the human-induced rapid environmental change, there is a necessity to reconsider and reclaim the ideas of animism for planetary health and non-human materialities.

Director Bio

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, Slamdance, the Canadian Embassy in Paris (France), Telefilm Canada’s Talent tout court program at Cannes Film Festival (France) and at Phi Centre in Montreal (Canada). 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 (Germany) that represents the leading-edge of art making with dedication to positive action for Earth's recovery. Alisi is a PhD candidate at Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Germany.


  • Directed by:Alisi Telengut
  • Written by:Alisi Telengut
  • Produced by:Alisi Telengut, Main Film, Cinémathèque québécoise, Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Animated Image Society-TAIS, National Film Board of Canada-Filmmaker Assistance program (NFB - FAP)
  • Runtime:7 mins
  • Completion Date:April 1, 2020
  • Country of Origin:Canada
  • Country of Filming:Canada & Germany
  • Language:Mongolian
  • Category:Animation
  • Selection:Main Competition - Programme 6
  • In Person Screening Time & Venue:Nov 5th Ballymahon Library 3 - 4pm
  • Online Screening TimeNov 6th 10am - 10pm
  • Links: Website

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  • November 5th, 2021

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