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Sita Sings the Blues


Two women separated by several centuries find their stories coming together in Nina Paley’s animated comedy-drama. Having moved to India to be with her husband, Paley’s cartoon becomes fascinated with the Ramayana. Meanwhile several centuries earlier Sita the beautiful daughter of King Janaka, Rama’s wife is kidnapped by the evil King Ravana. Sita’s story is two visual interpretations at once — a visually striking abstract version and the other uses a whimsical, cartoony approach with recordings of jazz singer Annette Hanshaw for Sita’s voice. As the film travels through time, jumping back and forth, Sita and Paley’s character find their own freedom.