What: “Sita Sings the Blues” (2007) is an acclaimed independent feature by Nina Paley, called New York’s own “One Woman Pixar” by Wired Magazine. The film has won several awards and gotten some critical attention, but it has gone largely unnoticed by the greater film scene. “Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. 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 styles. Sita Sings the Blues follows in the line of Triplets of Bellville and Spirited Away to exemplify animation as a “serious” art form — which does not stop it from being laugh-out-loud funny!”
When/Where: Screenings are at 5:30 on Jan 31, and Feb 7 & 14 at the very fine Symphony Space just twenty blocks south of campus. Use the code COLUMBIA at Symphony Space’s website to get tickets at a discounted price.