Sita Sings the Blues

Image credit - Nina Paley

Image credit – Nina Paley


Photo credit - Wikimedia

Photo credit – Wikimedia


While I was writing Green Comet, I happened upon Sita Sings the Blues, an animated movie created by Nina Paley. I enjoyed Sita very much. The animation work and the storytelling are excellent. It’s based on the Indian legend about Sita and Rama and their love. Paley released Sita under a Creative Commons license, the one I’m using for Green Comet: Attribution and ShareAlike. She has since updated the license to CC0, putting the movie in the public domain. As far as she could, anyway.
Photo credit - Wikimedia

Photo credit – Wikimedia


The movie includes some great songs by Annette Hanshaw. The music is worth the price of admission by itself. Unfortunately, those recordings are still under copyright and, while they are used legally in Sita, they’re still restricted elsewhere. That’s why Sita Sings the Blues still can’t be completely free, even though its creator wants it to be.
Image credit - Nina Paley

Image credit – Nina Paley

But it’s still free to download and watch, which I encourage you to do. It’s available in smaller sizes of a few hundred megabytes, as well as a full-sized DVD image complete with director’s cut. You can even buy a DVD, if you want.
Image credit - Nina Paley

Image credit – Nina Paley

Go ahead and watch it. You’ll be glad you did.

rjb

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