Free Screening of Sita Sings the Blues (a film licensed under Creative
By releasing this movie under CC-BY-SA, this film is available for
remixing by other filmmakers and showing for free (Terms and
June 19th 7pm, at ChannelAustin 1143 Northwestern Avenue, Austin, TX
Sita is a Hindu goddess, the leading lady of India’s epic the Ramayana
and a dutiful wife who follows her husband Rama on a 14 year exile to
a forest, only to be kidnapped by an evil king from Sri Lanka. Despite
remaining faithful to her husband, Sita is put through many tests.
Nina (the filmmaker Nina Paley herself) is an artist who finds
parallels in Sita’s life when her husband – in India on a work project
- decides to break up their marriage and dump her via email. Three
hilarious Indonesian shadow puppets with Indian accents – linking the
popularity of the Ramayana from India all the way to the Far East -
narrate both the ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully
animated interpretation of the epic.