Friday WatchAlong: Sita Sings the Blues at 5pm Chicago Time on 9/11!!!! (Grandpa’s Birthday)

Yes, first, my Grandpa’s birthday is 9/11. He had a good 80 years where the most important thing about that date was that it was his birthday. Oh well, now it makes it easy to remember. Second, since the start time is gonna be different, I thought I should give two days warning to people about what movie it will be so they can plan.

Sita Sings the Blues!

There are three good reasons to watch this movie:

  1. It’s a really good movie that gives you a good grasp of the Ramayana
  2. It’s free! The filmmaker made it free on purpose because she believes in open source
  3. It’s only an hour and a half

I have to admit that the last point was the biggest for me. Since we are starting late, I wanted an hour and a half so I could still have some evening time afterwards. And so the regular crowd could manage to watch the whole thing.

Anyway, you should all watch it for the first two reasons too! Especially reason one, this is truly the best way to get a sense of the Ramayana. It hits the major points in a casual way that let’s you know there are multiple equally valid versions of the story. And it’s fun, and funny, and pretty, and happy.

6 thoughts on “Friday WatchAlong: Sita Sings the Blues at 5pm Chicago Time on 9/11!!!! (Grandpa’s Birthday)

  1. Woo-hoo! I am a SSTB superfan who bought a poster of the scene with Sita, Ram, and Hanuman to benefit Nina Paley and the Question Copyright project. I probably would have gotten up at 5 am but I’m happy I don’t have to.

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    • I just saw that Nina sells Sita Swag! I WANT!!!!! Only all the stuff I want most is sold out, oh well.

      On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 12:17 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. I love this flick! I saw it at an animated film festival when it first came out, then a couple times since online. Her grasp of the intricate details, especially the “why’s”, are quite impressive.

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    • I find the structure just brilliant, it manages to convey the multiple interpretations without being obvious about it. We have the narrators who can’t quite remember the story, we have the music videos, and we have the sections with actual dialogue. All versions are valid, the half remembered story in your head, the childish cartoon version, and the more serious version. Culminating in that amazing ending showing Sita’s awesome Epic power. She didn’t do “here is the story and here is what it means”, she did “here is a story, and here is A meaning, but not the only one” if you see what I mean.

      On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 2:50 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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