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Free screenings to feature film director Nina Paley on April 19, 20

Nina Paley, director of the animated film Sita Sings the Blues, will discuss her film at two free screenings. The first screening will be Sunday, April 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Film Studies Center, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., Cobb Hall 307. It will use a 35mm print. The second screening, using a DVD, runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the downtown Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive. Anthropologist Michael A. Di Giovine, an Asian classics lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Graham School for General Studies, will make introductory remarks at the Gleacher Center.

Sita Sings the Blues is an exhilarating, modern cartoon based on the classic Sanskrit epic, the Ramayana,” said Marissa Love, assistant director of humanities, arts and sciences at the Graham School, which is sponsoring the events. “The film interweaves the tale of Rama’s wife, Sita, with the story of a modern American woman in a troubled marriage.”

Seating is limited for both screenings. RSVPs are recommended through For more information, visit the full University press release and

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