Friday WatchAlong: Sita Sings the Blues! Starting at 5pm Chicago Time, Right Here

Yaaaay! I love love love LOVE this movie. And feel a little possessive about it, the filmmaker started putting up her little music videos on youtube while she was still finishing the film, and I watched them back then while she was slowly spinning them out. I was so excited when it turned into a film festival darling and everyone was talking about it!

I work in the morning, I do the Grandpa birthday car ride and presents, I come and watch this, and then I go off and meet a friend to go for a walk in the park. Phew! Such a busy Friday! Anyway, link below, hit “Play” at 5pm and watch along with me!

133 thoughts on “Friday WatchAlong: Sita Sings the Blues! Starting at 5pm Chicago Time, Right Here

  1. Oh, ugh, I’ve been refreshing and refreshing and all of a sudden it gave me about 5 minutes of comments at one time. I’m behind. Where are you guys?

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  2. One of these puppets is the director/star of Loins of Punjab. Also, if I am remembering correctly, none of the puppets knew each other before, she just asked all of them to get together and talk about the Ramayana and recorded it.

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    • Yep! It’s a whole thing, a particular kind of wise/religious man who gains “virtue” by giving up comforts and civilization. They go into the forest, live on berries, blah blah.

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  3. Ram’s biggest skill was as an archer, if I am remembering correctly he won the contest for Sita’s hand by shooting the eye of a fish using a reflection in a mirror, something impossible like that.

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    • I think that was the Mahabharata with Draupadi and her many, many suitors. Sita’s challenge was to string Shiva’s bow (and in some versions, shoot an arrow from it), a notoriously heavy piece. Ram broke it as he was trying to string it and perhaps, JUST as he strung it, since he did win her hand in marriage.

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  4. I can’t remember if this is going to be covered, but there is an interpretation that Raavan was TOO good, the Gods were worried about the power he was gaining, so they put this whooooooooooooole thing in play in order for him to be tempted by Sita, and therefore turn Bad and be punished by Ram and no longer be a threat to the Gods.

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  5. Also, geographic info, Sri Lanka is off the southern coast, so a pretty common interpretation is that Raavan and the “demons” were the southern ethnic group as scene by the northern ethnic group who are telling this story. Also, as you go farther south, the folk versions get increasingly friendly towards Raavan and co.

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  6. they skipped a little thing here, Lakshman (Ram’s younger brother) was living with them in exile too. After Ram went off after the deer, LAkshman was left behind to watch Sita. But then Sita heard “Ram” crying out in pain and insisted on Lakshman going after him. So she was twice wrong, sending Ram off, and then sending Lakshman off too.

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  7. Also skipped a thing here, Hanuman was caught up in a dispute over rulership of the Monkey kingdom. Ram allied with one side of the monkey civil war and helped them win, therefore they swore to help him find Sita. Again, not that important, just adding it in.

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  8. for the first time, I am beginning to wonder if Dave is having a hard time with his jerkiness being made part of an international film festival hit. eh, he seems like the kind of guy who would manage to blame other people for it and move on.

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  9. Oh oh! And this is when Sita invented Parcheesi! No, really. All the demons like having sex all the time, but then she invents Parcheesi to entertain herself while sitting under the tree, and slowly the demon ladies decide playing Parcheesi is more fun than sex and start hanging with her, as she slowly turns the whole city more virtious.

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  10. There is a Japanese animated 3-hour movie of the Ramayana that’s also on YouTube for free in English. Worth a watch for the things they skipped over in the story since it covers almost all of the story. Very well done movie too! It was my first intro to Ramayana.

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  11. Just as Sita would not use her powers to defeat Raavan because it was Ram’s place to do it, so would Hanuman not rescue her (even though he could have) because it was proper to wait for Ram.

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