Sita Sings the Blues
Director Nina Paley
USA, 2008, 82 min
Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told."
Festival and Awards
Berlinale, Feb ‘08 (Special Mention, Gen-14+), Germany
Annecy, June ‘08 (Cristal for best feature film), France
Avignon, June ‘08 (“Prix Tournage” for Best American Feature Film), France
Athens Int’l Film Festival, Sept ‘08 (Best Script Award), Greece
Ottawa International Animation Festival, Sept ‘08 (Honorable Mention for Best Animated Feature), Canada
Nina Paley (b. 1968, USA) is a longtime veteran of syndicated comic strips, creating "Fluff" (Universal Press Syndicate), "The Hots" (King Features), and her own alternative weekly "Nina’s Adventures." In 1998 she began making independent animated festival films, including the controversial yet popular environmental short, "The
Stork." In 2002 Nina followed her then-husband to Trivandrum, India, where she read her first Ramayana. This inspired her first feature, Sita Sings the Blues, which she animated and produced single-handedly over the course of 5 years on a home computer. Nina teaches at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan and is a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow.