Sita Sings the Blues


Part of our “New U.S. Indies and World Cinema” program.

Director/Writer/Animator: Nina Paley
Country: U.S. (2008)
Language: English
Running Time: 82 minutes
Read Erik McClanahan’s review of this film.

In this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana, the goddess Sita is separated from her beloved husband, Lord Rama. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this award-winning animated feature, as the film’s creator, Nina Paley, works in the collapse of her own marriage. Booked as the greatest break-up story ever told, Sita Sings the Blues is set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.
An official selection at over 35 recent film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Sita Sings the Blues won Best American Feature Award at the 2008 Avignon Film Festival, the Best Feature Award at the 2008 Annecy International Animated Film Festival and received special mention at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival. Nina Paley was recently nominated for Film Independent’s Someone to Watch honor.

Karina Longworth writes in the Winter 2009 issue of Filmmaker magazine that Sita Sings the Blues is “a marvel—both biting and warm, surprisingly funny and totally uncompromising. It’s truly like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”

See a preview of Sita Sings the Blues.