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388 Ratings

Sita Sings the Blues

Directed by Nina Paley
United States, 2008


Three shadow puppets hilariously narrate the Hindu epic “The Ramayana” and its story of the goddess Sita separated from her lord Rama, along with director Nina Paley’s own tale of being dumped by email when her husband moves to India.

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Sita Sings the Blues Directed by Nina Paley

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2008 | 2 special mentions including: Best Feature Film - Generation 14plus (Crystal Bear)

Independent Spirit Awards

2009 | Nominee: Someone to Watch Award

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

2009 | Winner: Special Citation

In visualizing the legend of Sita, Paley incorporates traditional Indian and South Asian art forms that were themselves creative innovations on the source material at one point in history. In doing so, Paley plugs her work squarely into a cultural history too rich to be contained by digital rights restrictions, illustrating that true art is open to all.
October 28, 2014
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SITA, like Marjane Satrapi’s PERSEPOLIS, moves toward the vision-density of auteurship… Paley emerges not as the bruised and betrayed wife in her story, but as the expansive mind in which this wholly original vision was dreamed.
April 08, 2011
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Using digital, hand-drawn, and collage animation, Paley traces the love story between Hindu gods Sita and Rama, creating a witty symbiosis between her images and the ingenious narration provided by a chummy peanut gallery of three Indian voices.
December 22, 2009
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