By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn November 17, 2008 at 9:45AM
A strikingly original work of expressionistic self-analysis, Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues is like an animated diary film replete with spiritual flourishes. It inadvertently ignited controversy several months back because Paley, a Jewish woman in her forties, analogizes her divorce to the renowned plight of Sita in the ancient Hindu text Ramayana. I wrote about the conversations surrounding the film in a piece for The Forward earlier this year; now, it has been nominated for IFP's "Best Film Not Coming to a Theater Near You" award. Since it screens this week at MoMA, Spout talks with Paley for its "Media Diet" feature. Read the interview and see the film; it needs some friends.