Gio, Kenny, Vidya, and I (all of whom once lived in a Seattle apartment building named after The Ramayana) saw a fantastic film at SIFF called Sita Sings the Blues. It’s an animated version of the Ramayana, told from a very pro-Sita perspective and set to Annette Hanshaw jazz numbers from the 20s. And if that doesn’t already sound amazing enough – the animation is stunning, was all done by one woman (Nina Paley), and was created entirely in Flash.
I believe the only way to see the film is at screenings and film festivals for now – but it’s certainly worth checking out if it makes it to a film festival near you. Nina Paley is apparently investigating DVD distribution options and hopes to have more news by the end of the summer.