• Film still: a man seems to speak animatedly and in the face of a woman who looks past him.


Cuba -- Social life and customs -- 1959- -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- Cuba -- Drama, Marginality, Social -- Cuba -- Drama

One Way or Another

(De cierta manera)

Imported 35mm Print

This masterpiece of Cuban cinema ingeniously integrates documentary and fiction to offer an unflinching analysis of the problems of urban life in Castro’s Cuba and the changes that are coming, one way or another. With the revolution barely a decade old, a woman and a man come to grips with racial, sexual, religious, and class conflicts carried over from the old society. Sara Gómez (the first woman to direct a feature film in Cuba) has left a legacy in this film that is as radical in its form as in the issues it portrays. She died tragically after editing the film; it was completed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Julio Garcia Espinosa, and Rigoberto López. “As the title indicates, contradiction is the name of the game, and the film brilliantly counterposes macho cruelties and loyalties, socialist change and intractable traditions, revolutionary fervor and political authoritarianism” (Time Out).

  • Sara Gómez
  • Tomas González Pérez
  • Luis Garcia
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 78 mins
  • Arsenal Distribution

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One way or another (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Fred Camper, 2000

The second coming and One way or another (program note), Kathy Geritz, 1996

One way or another (De cierta manera) (program note), Art Institute of Chicago. Film Center, FC, 1994

De cierta manera (One way or another) (book excerpt)

One way or another (distributor materials), Tricontinental Film Center (New York)

One way or another (distributor materials), New Yorker Films

One way or another (De cierta manera) (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group

One way or another (program note), Sheldon Film Theater

One way or another (distributor materials)

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