Detroit Film Theatre

Saturday Animation Club: SITA SINGS THE BLUES

Saturday, July 27, 2013

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2008—directed by Nina Paley)

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved husband; Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three bickering shadow puppets act as comic narrators as these old and new stories are interwoven in a post-modern retelling of the ancient Indian epic, Ramayana, animated in a dazzling mix of traditional and collage animation style, and backed by a soundtrack from legendary 1920's jazz singer Annette Hanshaw. Sita Sings the Blues follows in the tradition of Triplets of Belleville and Persepolis to exemplify animation as a serious art form — which doesn’t stop it from being laugh-out-loud funny. A panoply of monsters, gods, goddesses, warriors, sages, and assorted amazing creatures fills the screen with vivid color from start to finish, while the narrators' debates over the Rama legend join the filmmaker's own tragicomic story and Hanshaw's done-me-wrong tunes to layer a modern feminist commentary on the ancient Indian legend. The result is a subtly subversive, highly original work of art that is as enjoyable for young audiences as it is for adults. To experience Sita’s visual charms on anything less than the big screen would be to miss something truly special! Recommended for ages 9 to adult. Best Picture Prize, Annecy International Animation Festival. (82 min.)

“Astonishingly original… I am enchanted!” –Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Dazzling and poignant! An almost indescribable pleasure!” –Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

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