Born in 1943, Afro-Cuban film director Sarah Gomez studied literature, piano, and Afro-Cuban ethnography before becoming the first female Cuban filmmaker. In her films, she focused on intersecting concerns about the Afro-Cuban community and the value of its cultural traditions, women's issues, and the treatment of the marginalized sectors of society. One of only two Afro-Cuban filmmakers at ICAIC during its formative years, the body of work she produced during her time there continues to be celebrated today. HFFNY honors the pioneering directora with two programs that showcase a selection of her most seminal work, all newly restored within the last two years.
Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez’s radical narrative-documentary hybrid (the first feature directed by a Cuban woman) delivers a complex critique of regressive machismo in Castro’s Cuba. Charting the rocky romance between a progressive teacher (Cuéllar) and a traditionalist man (Balmaseda), One Way or Another reveals that, even in a post-revolutionary society, patriarchal attitudes must still be dismantled.
Screening will be introduced and followed by a Q&A with Professor Ana María Hernández