Cooper Gallery: [Film]"De Cierta Manera / One Way or Another (1974)


Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:00pm


Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Media Room, 102 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

Spring 2015 Cuban Cinema Series at the Cooper Gallery

 De Cierta Manera / One Way or Another (1974)

 78 min. Spanish, no subtitles. Directed by Sara Gómez.

“This Cuban romantic drama film mixes documentary-style footage with a fictional story that looks at the poor neighborhoods of Havana shortly after the Cuban Revolution of 1959. It illustrates the history before the development process in Cuba and demonstrates how tearing down slums and building modern settlements does not immediately change the culture of the inhabitants. "Despite its deceptively simple appearance—a result of being shot in 16mm on a very low budget—De cierta manera is the work of an extremely sophisticated filmmaker. Merely one example among many of Gómez's sophistication is the way in which she combined a broad range of modern distanciation techniques with the uniquely Cuban tropical beat to produce a film that is simultaneously rigorously analytic and powerfully sensuous—as well as perhaps the finest instance to date of a truly dialectical film.” —John Mraz

 The Spring 2015 Cuban Cinema Series at the Cooper Gallery will be held Thursdays at noon, March 12th through May 14th.

 Presented in conjunction with the spring exhibition, Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba

Free and open to the public.  Limited seating – guests will be seated on a first-come basis.