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Sita Sings the Blues

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Published on Oct 23, 2009

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"Sita Sings the Blues" is based on the Hindu epic "The Ramayana". Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina Paley is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of torch singer Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told." It is written, directed, produced and animated by American artist Nina Paley.

"Sita Sings the Blues" was released in 2008 only after long negotiations with the copyright holders of the 80-year-old songs recorded by Annette Hanshaw. Following the experience of almost having her film blocked from distribution, Nina Paley released it freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, and now devotes a significant portion of her time to free culture activism. She is Artist in Residence at the non-profit QuestionCopyright.org.

If you'd like to help pay off the $50,000.00 loan she took out to pay the music monopoly fee, you can donate to the Sita Distribution Project (tax-deductible in the US) at http://questioncopyright.org/sita_dis... . Donations to that project go exclusively to that purpose and other expenses Nina incurred in releasing the film. You can also purchase DVDs, prints, shirts, and other Sita-related merchandise at http://questioncopyright.com/sita.html ; revenue is shared with Nina Paley.

For more about the film and about Nina Paley's other work, see http://sitasingstheblues.com .

For more about how retroactive copyright restrictions almost prevented the release of the film, see this interview with Nina Paley: http://questioncopyright.org/nina_pal... .

For more information about QuestionCopyright.org and its projects, please see our web site: http://questioncopyright.org .

QuestionCopyright.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donations are fully tax-deductable to the extent permitted by law. You can support our work at http://questioncopyright.org/donate .

  • Category

  • License

    • Standard YouTube License
  • Song

  • Artist

    • Annette Hanshaw
  • Album

    • I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  • Licensed by

    • The Orchard Music (on behalf of Classic Records); Kobalt Music Publishing, PEDL, BMG Rights Management, Sony ATV Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Warner Chappell, UMPG Publishing, and 3 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

  • Artist

    • Annette Hanshaw
  • Album

    • Annette Hanshaw, Vol. 1
  • Licensed by

    • INgrooves (on behalf of Broken Audio); Sony ATV Publishing, and 2 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

  • Artist

    • Annette Hanshaw
  • Album

    • Annette Hanshaw, Vol. 2
  • Licensed by

    • SME (on behalf of Broken Audio); SOLAR Music Rights Management, Sony ATV Publishing, Warner Chappell, and 4 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

  • Artist

    • Annette Hanshaw
  • Album

    • Annette Hanshaw, Vol. 1
  • Licensed by

    • INgrooves (on behalf of Broken Audio); ASCAP, Downtown Music Publishing, The Richmond Organization (Music Publishing), Audiam (Publishing), and 2 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

    • Am I Blue?-7247-DNC
  • Artist

    • Annette Hanshaw
  • Album

    • HARMONY-940-H
  • Writers

    • Harry Akst, Grant Clarke
  • Licensed by

    • AdRev for Rights Holder, and 5 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

  • Artist

    • Annette Hanshaw
  • Album

    • Annette Hanshaw, Vol. 2
  • Licensed by

    • INgrooves (on behalf of Broken Audio); EMI Music Publishing, and 4 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

  • Artist

    • Annette Hanshaw
  • Album

    • Beyond Patina Jazz Masters: Annette Hanshaw
  • Licensed by

    • Kontor New Media Music, The Orchard Music (on behalf of Beyond Patina); PEDL, Imagem Music (publishing) US, and 2 Music Rights Societies

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