Sita Sings the Blues

Air Date: April 17, 2010 after the Reel 13 Classic on THIRTEEN

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 e-mail. 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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Directed by: Nina Paley

Nina Paley, “America’s best-loved unknown cartoonist,” was a self-taught comic strip artist before she got into filmmaking. After creating the alt-weekly hit “Nina’s Adventures” and later the nationally syndicated strip “Fluff,” Paley started making short films in 1998. In 2002 she moved to India with her husband and discovered the Indian epic Ramayana as her marriage was ending. These two seemingly unrelated events come together in Sita Sings the Blues, the feature film that Paley spent five years making on her home computer.

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