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One Way or Another

 
Sara GÓMEZ  
Cuba 1974 73min DCP b&w Fiction and Documentary 15
Schedule
Code Date Time Theater Info Ticket
241 2022. 04. 30 17:00 CINE Q Jeonju Film Street 2
HKE15
448 2022. 05. 02 11:00 CINE Q Jeonju Film Street 5
HKE15
629 2022. 05. 04 17:00 CINE Q Jeonju Film Street 2
HKE15
Overview

The film describes life in a poor neighborhood in post-revolutionary Cuba. The values and role models of those living there haven’t changed since the construction of new housing; a new society cannot be created on-demand. Yolanda, an elementary school teacher, and Mario, who works in an omnibus factory, become a couple. While Yolanda strives for a pedagogical approach that integrates marginalized students, causing a conflict with her colleagues and the parents, Mario finds it difficult to let go of patriarchal role models. Their contrary ideals also put the relationship to the test, while at the same time critically reflecting the process of social transformation. One Way or Another was the first Cuban feature-length film by a woman director, and at the same time, it was Gómez’s last film.

Review

The Cuban film history survives by its past, just like the country of Cuba. According to the records of the Cuban Film and Arts Industry Promotion Agency (ICAIC), one of the most legendary films in its history, One Way or Another, is the first Cuban film directed by a female director. Sara Gómez is also a pioneer in combining fiction and documentary, which will become a new genre after a long time. The film depicts the conflict inherent in Cuban society through the relationship between a teacher and a mixed-race worker at a workplace after the Cuban Revolution. It has not only cinematic but also historical value that documented the reality of the time. It pursues the value of the ideal that was lacking in the hopes and reality of those who were seeking a more just society and makes us think about the thoughts of those who doubt it. One Way or Another, which became her last film after Gómez died of asthma while filming, was completed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Julio García Espinosa. [Sung MOON]

CREDIT
  • DirectorSara GÓMEZ
  • ProducerCamilo VIVES
  • ScreenplaySara GÓMEZ, Tomas González PÉREZ
  • CinematographyLuis GARCIA
  • MusicSergio VITIER, Sara GONZÁLEZ
  • EditorIván AROCHA
  • SoundGerminal HERNÁNDEZ
CastMario BALMASEDA, Yolanda CUELLAR, Mario LIMONTA, Isaura MENDOZA
FILM SOURCE
Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art | distribution@arsenal-berlin.de
DIRECTOR
Sara GÓMEZ 
Born in 1942. A filmmaker and scriptwriter. Brought up in a middle-class black family, she studied literature, piano, and Afro-Cuban ethnography. She worked as a journalist before joining the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC). She was one of only two black filmmakers at ICAIC at the time and for several years the only woman director. She worked on a series of documentary shorts and died before she could complete her first feature One Way or Another.
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