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NY Obscura Society Cinema Club: Sita Sings the Blues

A dazzling animation that tells a love story from the Hindu text, The Ramayana, through the music of a 1930's jazz songstress.

Sita Sings the Blues is an animated film which weaves together the stories of two doomed marriages using a remarkable variety of animation styles, heartfelt and humorous storytelling, and dazzling musical segments. It was written and directed by cartoonist and animator Nina Paley.

The film mainly deals with the relationship between Prince Rama and his wife Sita, as told in the Hindu legend the Ramayana. Through a series of adventures featuring flying demons, monkey armies, and the music of 1930’s jazz singer Annette Hanshaw, Sita fights to prove her devotion to her husband. Sita’s story parallels that of the filmmaker, who intersperses the film with scenes from her own deteriorating marriage, which she copes with by immersing herself in the study of animation and Indian folklore.

Sita Sings the Blues and its creator have won several awards such as “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” at the 2008 Gotham Awards and “Someone to Watch” at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards. Come see it on November 30th, in the intimate, state-of-the-art private viewing room at Videology Bar & Cinema. Table service for food and drinks is available.

The Obscura Cinema Club is dedicated to presenting ongoing screenings of fascinating, informative, and entertaining films of the strange and unusual variety. Join fellow cinephiles and Obscura Society members for monthly explorations into documentarian, archival, and cult classic films.

Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Dir. Nina Paley

82 mins


Monday, November 30th at 9:30 pm

at Videology Cinema & Bar, 308 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 

$12 / $10 early-bird tickets (purchase before November 23rd)

Questions? Contact rebecca.posner@atlasobscura.com

Advanced tickets highly recommended. All ticket sales are final.