Shakti presents a screening this Friday of the award-winning and critically acclaimed 2009 animated film “Sita Sings the Blues“, followed by a lecture and discussion led by its creator, cartoonist and free culture activist Nina Paley.
Also billed as the “greatest break-up story ever told,” the film is a post-modern retelling of a fundamental story from the ancient Hindu epic the Ramayana, about the goddess Sita’s kidnapping and forced separation from her beloved husband (and Lord) Rama.
Presented with an innovative mix of eclectic visual styles and interspersed with musical interludes set to warbling 1920’s recordings by jazz singer Annette Hanshaw, a running commentary by irreverent Indian shadow puppets, and a Squigglevision account of the breakup of Paley’s own marriage, “Sita Sings the Blues” is a subversive, original, and often hilarious tragicomic story of “truth, justice and a woman’s cry for equal treatment.”
Nina Paley, called a “One Woman Pixar” by Wired Magazine, is a Brooklyn-based animator who has become a major proponent of the free culture movement. Much of her work, including “Sita Sings the Blues”, is available under a copyleft license which makes it accessible to the public free of charge.
FREE FOOD (samosas, what else) from Haveli after the screening! Facebook event here.
Not to be missed – you can watch it free on Youtube, but when are you ever gonna see this on a big screen, presented by the director herself, with free Indian food? Come for the fantastic film, stay to snack and listen to/chat with Nina Paley.
Date: Friday, April 9
Time: 8-10 pm, followed by reception
Place: CFA Hall
Organized by Shakti, co-sponsored by Pangaea and Film Hall.
[EDIT 4/9] Nina Paley unfortunately had to cancel her appearance tonight. Still, awesome movie, free samosas!