Seder Masochism


Lark Theatre Mon, Oct 8, 2018 6:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Animation Nation
Mind the Gap
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:78 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Nina Paley
Producer:Nina Paley
Screenwriter:Nina Paley
Editor:Nina Paley
Cast:Hiram Paley
Nina Paley
Barry Gray
Print Source:Nina Paley
Note Writer:Jesse Knight


A disco-dancing Pharaoh, a crooning Angel of Death, Moses and his chorus line of dancing rams. This isn’t your bubbe’s Passover Seder. The long-awaited second feature from visionary director and animator Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues) is an irreverent musical telling of the Book of Exodus, reimagining the freedom of the slaves from Egypt as an eclectic mixtape of funk, rock, and Motown, featuring songs from Pat Boone to Led Zeppelin to Oingo Boingo. With acerbic wit and a resplendent variety of animation styles, Paley’s vision is Schoolhouse Rock by way of Adult Swim, filtered through a feminist prism that derides the patriarchal tenets of the Passover story still rippling through the world today. Hilarious and razor-sharp, Paley’s latest is also achingly personal, incorporating candid conversations with her late father at the end of his life, lending the film a poignant emotional grounding amidst all the Passover madness.

Expected Guest: Director Nina Paley  (All Screenings)

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Additional Information

Nina Paley is the creator of the critically acclaimed animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues (2008). Her adventures in our broken copyright system led her to join as Artist-in-Residence in 2008, where she produced a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes. Seder-Masochism is her second feature.