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The Seder Masochism: A Haggadah and Anti-Haggadah
The Seder Masochism: A Haggadah and Anti-Haggadah
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Brilliant animator, Nina Paley's Seder-Masochism (2018) is a reinterpretation of the Passover Seder and the Book of Exodus from the perspective of humankind's original deity, the Great Mother Goddess, and Her struggle against patriarchy. (Downloads are free: get the full feature here; download or just watch on vimeo here.)

Moses Fire by Nina Paley.
Moses Fire by Nina Paley.
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It's Bible storytelling through an anarchic feminist mix of Disney and Monty Python at its best.

Paroles Goddess Willendorfs Hands by Nina Paley.
Paroles Goddess Willendorfs Hands by Nina Paley.
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The film features "embroidermation," innovative animated embroidery designed by Paley and Theodore Gray, science writer and programmer.

Paley's book, The Seder Masochism: A Haggadah and Anti-Haggadah offers a sumptuous collection of her art.

The Seder Masochism: A Haggadah and Anti-Haggadah
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Paley's first animated feature was Sita Sings the Blues, based on the stories of Sita, Rama and Lakshmi in the Ramayana.

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05.RamSitaGods.
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Paley calls herself a "copyright abolitionist" and distributes her work under a "copyleft license" which offers the right to freely distribute copies and modified versions of a work with the stipulation that the same rights be preserved in derivative works created later.

Internal censorship is the enemy of creativity because it halts expression before it can even begin. - Nina Paley

 

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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