BCM320 – Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Eliza Appel

This weeks topic was globalisation (a topic I’m fairly familiar with) and the screening an animation I’d never heard of! Globalisation is far from a new concept to me, and as far as we discussed it in class, I definitely am of the middle ground in terms of my opinion of it. I know that is inevitable and that it will bring both positive and negative connotations, but it is something we will just have to adapt to as a society. Globalisation brings the world closer in every way imaginable, although we may not live in a foreign country, many of its resources are accessible in one way or another, particular through the exponential mediation of the world.

Sita Sings the Blues (2008) from director Nina Paley. The Indian mythic tale of the Ramayana is explored in a humorous but quite informative discussion with three shadow puppets as well as…

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  1. Hi Eliza,

    I enjoyed reading your blog about Sita Sings the Blues. It was both informative and engaging read. I liked the way that you gave context to globalisation and how it related to the film at the start of your blog, expressing how it allows films with and Indian storyline such as Sita Sings the Blues to be accessible to a global audience through the increasing mediation of the world.

    I found your point interesting about how Hindu mythology seems to be absent from many Western stories. I too have seen many films and books that talk about Greek, Roman or Egyptian mythology, but can’t remember any examples of Hindu mythology. Your point raises many questions as to why there is this absence of Hindu storylines being explored in Western culture that I am also interested in finding out.

    In my live tweets of the screening, I shared an article that was about the backlash within the Indian community regarding a perceived cultural appropriation of the film. The way you express this as a negative factor of globalisation was an interesting point that like you, I would be interested to do further research on. Overall an interesting and insightful post!


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