It's About Time Sita Sang the Blues. (A Truly Epic Modern Day Ramayan.)

MissMalini , 28 Apr 2013
Sita Sings the Blues
Sita Sings the Blues

“There’s always a sense that, if something bad happens to you, that there’s something really wrong with you. And I love that even Sita believes this, because she’s completely stainless, that’s the whole point of her character. I feel that airing this stuff out is the way to take the shame out of it. Plus, pain is funny!” – Nina Paley

I got this heads up from Team MissMalini‘s lovely former first recruit Sue Castellino and just had to share. Sita Sings the Blues is a poignant and exquisitely crafted animation film based on Valmiki’s Ramayan, and whose time – with everything happening to our women today – I really think is here and now. (Plus Annette Hanshaw’s jazz is brill.) Check it out and tell me what you think. Nina Paley, I’m a fan. xoxo

Visually of course this is undoubtedly a stunning piece of art, but the message is just as deep and told with a generous dollap of wit. I don’t know how much you know about the Ramayan, but to me it resounds brutally of the injustice against women that is still so rampant in our society today. It’s heartbreaking that we’re still singing the same old song. Why is Sita still bleeding blue? I don’t know. But I think it’s time we all thought about it – a lot.

PS. I’ve dug up some supporting material that I think will help you understand the film better. And once you do, please share the hell out of it. Thank you Sue.

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.”

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