Tears of Inge

A profound human-animal and human-nature relationship is represented by a painted world filled with a camel’s emotion and tears. It is based on a real Mongolian nomadic story narrated by the creator’s grandmother.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Alisi Telengut

Filmmaker’s statement

When a mother camel has a painful childbirth she rejects her newborn and the baby camel is about to die of hunger. In order for the mother camel to accept the baby, Mongolian nomads look for musicians and singers to play sad songs for the mother.

As the music goes on the camel starts to cry and accepts her baby. We do not know if the mother is touched by the music, but it is sure that animals have souls and emotions as humans do.

I grew up under the influence of my grandparents who lived as Mongolian nomads and they told me lots of stories and legends about nomadic life. Since this particular lifestyle is gradually disappearing, I want to record the nomadic traditions with animation as my medium and this story represents the human-nature relationship in the context of land degradation in the prairies.

The film was painted frame by frame by hand under the camera with oil pastel as the main medium on a single piece of paper/surface. Every new frame was created on the top of the previous frame, and there was no cut or digital touch in the computer. The process was labour intensive, but a hand-painted piece still has its own charm and aura in our digital era.

About Alisi Telengut

Alisi Telengut

Using painting as her medium Alisi Telengut creates animation frame by frame under the camera to generate movement and explore handmade and painterly visuals for her films. Her works have been culturally engaged and focus on nomadic ethnic minorities.

Her recent films received awards, have been screened in various worldwide film venues and exhibitions as moving image artworks, and have also contributed to enthnographic research.

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