Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues: Nina Paley's Feature Online

Above is part 1 of the film. Go to the YouTube playlist for the other nine parts.

Sita Sings the Blues is a feature animation by Nina Paley. It is based in part on the ancient Indian Ramayana, but combines this with stories from the animator's life. The film incorporates some 80-year old jazz music by Annette Hanshaw. Those recordings are public domain but the compositions are not and the owners will not allow Ms. Paley to sell the movie containing the copyrighted compositions. So public television, which operates under unique rules concerning copyright, broadcast the movie and offered it in full on their web site. Now, the animator has offered the film for free with a Creative Commons license in many formats, including HD.

It's a wonderful film that is bursting with color, enthusiasm and sheer raving talent. Enjoy it.

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