Sita Sings the Blues

Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2008 - 8:30 PM

Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Sita Sings the Blues

Directed by Nina Paley

Running Time: 82 minutes
Year: 2008
Language(s): English


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Sita is a Hindu goddess living blissfully in exile with her husband Lord Rama. But when she is kidnapped by a lustful king, Sita finds her devotion put to the test. Flash forward to the year 2000 in San Francisco, where a young filmmaker finds her own relationship dissolving before her eyes. In this beautifully animated retelling of the Indian epic, Ramayana, filmmaker Nina Paley deftly interweaves the old and mythic with the new and personal.

Narrating the story of Sita are three talkative shadow puppets, who seem none too certain of the tale they are trying to tell. Paley blends a myriad of these storytelling devices to create a rich and vibrant depiction of the Ramayana. Viewers who are unfamiliar with the Ramayana will be captivated by the dramatic twists and turns of this mythic tale, while others will find refreshing new perspectives.

Throughout, Sita reveals her unequaled devotion and strength, singing her woes through the enchanting vocals of 1920’s jazz singer Annette Hanshaw.  With Sita Sings the Blues, Paley proves that the animated form can be simultaneously dramatic, humorous, and tragic, but always dazzling throughout.