Awesome Web Discovery 1 – Sita Sings The Blues

Ever wished you could finally find the time to read the ancient Sanskrit epic, the Ramayana?

Ever wish more classical religious texts had a feminist bent?

Today is your lucky day.

Sit back, relax, and watch all hour-and-twenty-two-minutes of Sita Sings the Blues, animator Nina Paley’s retelling of the Ramayana from the perspective of Rama’s wife, Sita, intertwined with the story of the breakdown of Paley’s relationship with her husband.

The entire film is gorgeous, and is clearly a work of love for Paley, who served as director, producer, writer, and animator. Unfortunately, due to some copyright problems with the recordings of 1920’s jazz singer Annette Hanshaw that Paley uses, she has not been able to distribute the film through normal channels. Instead, she has released the whole thing to the internet under a creative commons license.


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