Two screenings on the big screen in the Jaffe Book Arts Gallery:
Matinee: Thursday September 26 at 3 PM
Evening: Thursday September 26 at 7 PM

2009 • Animated Comedy • Unrated • 82 minutes • A Funded by You Production • In English • Directed by Nina Paley

As part of our programming for JCBA’s current exhibition, “Building Stories: Alternative Storytelling,” we are excited to bring back one of our favorite films. Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told."


Admission for Sita Sings the Blues is FREE for FAU students (bring your OWL card). For everyone else, admission is self determined. This means you decide what your admission is. If you decide your admission should be free, then so be it. In determining your admission, though, we ask you to consider your means, to consider what a typical night out at the movies costs, to consider how you’ll most likely never see a film like this in your neighborhood multiplex, and to consider what this particular experience means to you. Then decide what your admission should be. There will be a donation box at the gallery doors into which you may place your admission; it’s all by the honor system, and we make no judgements. If you don’t have cash, you can deposit a check into the box; checks should be made out to FAU FOUNDATION, referenced “JCBA Education Fund” on the memo line. You can also pay your admission with a credit card at the front desk; just ask any of our staff to assist you with that. We will be sending half of the admission income to Director Nina Paley, who distributes this film under a Creative Commons license––meaning that she makes no income from screenings unless venues send her a contribution, which we are delighted to do: JCBA loves supporting creative people!

On August 15, 2019, FAU Libraries initiated a new policy for improved building security. Everyone entering and leaving FAU’s Wimberly Library must be swiped in and out, using their FAU Owl Card. For visitors, once you’re inside the lobby of the building, let the folks at the front desk know you are here for the Jaffe Center and they will grant you access. (Please be patient with us as the workings of this new policy unfold. Thank you.)

The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is located on the third floor east of Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library. From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive. Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.

The brand new I-95 interchange for Florida Atlantic University (Exit 48A) takes you directly from the interstate to FAU. Once you pass the traffic light at Spanish River Boulevard, you are on the FAU campus on FAU Boulevard. Continue to the traffic signal at the intersection of FAU Boulevard and University Drive (FAU Stadium will be on your right). Turn right onto University Drive. Turn left at the traffic signal at Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.

Visitor Parking is available at the metered spaces in the library parking lot; look for the spaces that have numbers posted on signs at the head of the parking space. The meter system accepts payment with cash or credit card at the rate of $2 per hour.