Nina Paley on Sita Sings the Blues

Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues was one of the biggest delights of the 2008 Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Inspired by the dissolution of her marriage in 2002, it's a brilliant film that mixed multiple animation techniques, 1920's jazz and ancient Hindu texts into a compelling gumbo. It has won multiple awards, including the Grand Prix at the 2008 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Special Mention at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, and an Honourable Mention at the OIAF as well.

In this exclusive email interview, Paley discusses the inspirations behind her film, and why she mixed Bollywood and jazz to create "an ancient tragedy combined with modern comedy.