The “Ramayana” is a phoenix rising, a tale told and retold a thousand times, a tradition that is as much about storytelling as about the story itself. Originally imagined as a film, this project intended to extend the ethos of ecology into artistic practice by finding human-powered energy solutions (bicycle-powered, hand-cranked, etc.) for the production. However, since the most ecological film is one that never gets made, the project now exists as a performance of the “film.” Staged in two acts, Forest Tales is therefore not only the story of Sita, but also the story of cinema itself.
ACT I: Presented as a character study of Sita, the first act is a storytelling session featuring live drawing of the storyboard for the film. In this sci-fi bio-punk retelling, Sita — hacker, shaman, daughter of the earth and the force of life itself — drives the narrative into new and uncharted terrains.