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I Have a Question Nina Paley

Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), whose latest feature Seder-Masochism is set to screen at Annecy, has some concerns, dreams and tingles.

'Seder-Masochism' by Nina Paley

Nina Paley is an animator, cartoonist and artist. Her works includes Nina's Adventures, Fluff,  Pandorama (2000), Sita Sings the Blues (2008) and Seder-Masochism (2018). 

She agreed to meet me for a late 60s shoplifting spree in Urbana, Illinois. Along the way we shoved kids and laughed at dogs. The weather was colder than my recently dead grandmother, yet milder than my still living grandfather. It was a Sunday, but no one cared, let alone you.

I get the greatest pleasure from Imagining how good I’ll feel after this 5.8cm fibroid is removed from my cervix.

The name of my autobiography would be I Hate Everyone: The Nina Paley Story

My most beloved possession is my collection of recumbent bicycles.

A (non-family member) person I have high respect for is

Just one? Off the top of my head, in this particular moment, I’ll say Meghan Murphy, the founder and editor of Feminist Current ( But there are so many others!

The song that makes me tingle is Kalimankous Denkou (Godmother Denkou) by the Bulgarian State Radio & TV Women’s Choir. I used it in the opening sequence of Seder-Masochism. Makes me tingle every time.

The funniest thing that happened to me… Did I mention an MRI just showed a 5.8cm fibroid in my cervix? HILARIOUS!

I’d like to be remembered as a decent human being, in spite of hating everyone.

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.