Seder-Masochism | 2018 | Nina Paley | USA | 78:00

A delightfully trippy, darkly humorous, and intimate interpretation of the Jewish family ritual Passover Seder. Director Nina Paley’s bold, curvy and colourful animation is driven along by a memorable soundtrack with songs repurposed to tell the story of Exodus.

At the core of Seder-Masochism is Paley’s animated interview with her late father Hiram. Their conversation weaves around an innovative retelling of how Moses freed the Jewish people from the Egyptians. From there, Paley serves up a biting and merciless critique of the violent and sexist tendencies of religion.

In a time when society’s patriarchal tendencies are under intense scrutiny, Seder-Masochism provides a refreshing perspective.

Une interprétation intime, délicieusement délirante et à l’humour noir du rituel de la famille juive, le Seder pascal. L’animation audacieuse, sinueuse et colorée de la réalisatrice Nina Paley est menée par une bande sonore mémorable aux chansons adaptées pour conter l’histoire de l’Exode.

Au cœur de Seder-Masochism se situe l’entrevue animée de Paley avec son défunt père, Hiram. Leur conversation est tissée autour d’une façon novatrice de raconter comment Moïse a libéré le peuple juif des Égyptiens. De ce point de vue, Paley sert une critique mordante et sans merci des tendances violentes et sexistes de la religion.

Dans une ère où les tendances patriarcales de la société sont intensément mises sous la loupe, Seder-Masochism apporte une perspective rafraîchissante.

"It's got to be the only Passover movie that features a singing Moses — not to mention a singing Pharaoh and a bunch of dancing Egyptians and Jews — belting out classics by everyone from Louis Armstrong to Led Zeppelin to Gloria Gaynor to the chanteuse Dalida."
- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter


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About the Director
Nina Paley is the creator of the critically acclaimed animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues. 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 MemesSeder-Masochism is her second feature. 

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Reviews & Articles:
The Hollywood Reporter
Animation Magazine
Animation World Network