Nina Paley

Nina Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues, which combines the Indian epic Ramayana with 1920's pop recordings of Annette Hanshaw. More recently she made This Land Is Mine, a short about Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant intended for a larger project, Seder-Masochism. Prior to becoming an animator she was a syndicated cartoonist, and still occasionally draws the webcomic Mimi and Eunice. Her adventures in our broken copyright system led her to join as Artist-in-Residence in 2008, where she produced a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes. She is currently developing techniques to combine animation with some of her other passions, quilting and embroidery. 

 [bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 


Recent Reviews

Sita Sings the Blues

wow a white woman drawing sexualized and really pale pics of figures from indian mythology cool what better way to learn about indian culture than this light hearted romp but...

Sita Sings the Blues

This is a brilliant piece of work. Thank you.

Sita Sings the Blues

I got to see this film several times at The Red Vic Moviehouse. It's beautiful on the big screen! A wonderful film and telling of the Ramayana story from Sita's...

Sita Sings the Blues

See this movie. It's brilliant! Animated and edited almost entirely by director Nina Paley, it's a tour de force set to the music of Annette Henshaw, a 20's-style singer of...


I like the music and cat but it wasn't anything except short clips of someones cat with photoshop filters over it. Cute but not clever.