“I was enchanted. I was swept away. I was smiling from one end of the film to the other. It is astonishingly original.” – Roger Ebert.
In partnership with
Our friends at VIFF make a delightful contribution to Indian Summer Festival by sponsoring a free screening of Nina Paley’s fantastic animated riff on the ancient Hindu epic, the Ramayana at the Museum of Vancouver in Vanier Park.
Nina, a cartoonist, moves from the United States to India when her husband gets a new job there. As part of her exploration of her new home, she becomes fascinated with the Ramayana which tells the story of the virtuous goddess Sita, who is kidnapped by the ten-headed demon King Ravana. Sita’s husband Rama sets out on an epic journey to rescue her, kills the demon, frees Sita, but then doubts her fidelity and scorns her. Meanwhile, in contemporary India, Nina’s husband falls in love with another woman and announces to Nina that their marriage is over. Two women, separated by centuries, feel an irresistible urge to sing the blues.
Nina Paley layers a modern feminist commentary on the ancient Indian legend. She blends her delightful animation with the plot-line of a centuries-old Sanskrit epic, the gorgeous music of 20’s jazz-era singer Annette Hanshaw, and Indonesian shadow puppets. The result is a subtly subversive, visually stunning, highly original work that is as enjoyable for children as it is for adults.
Full venue description and accessibility information: Museum of Vancouver
Plan to make an afternoon of it! Watch Sita Sings the Blues, then join us at ISF’s PAUSE Pavilion, our new free outdoor programming hub by the sea, a three-minute walk from the Museum of Vancouver. Bring a picnic, have a bite on the beach and immerse yourself in some art, including family-friendly workshops and performances at PAUSE in the Park!