Browning Cinema

Salut les Cubains (1963) & One Way or Another (1974)

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Salut les Cubains (1963)/One Way or Another (1974) Learning Beyond the Classics
Learning Beyond the Classics Documentary: Fact or Fiction?

Salut les Cubains (1963)
Directed by Agnès Varda
Not Rated, 29 minutes, DCP
In French with English subtitles.

Traveling to Cuba in the wake of the Revolution, Agnès Varda intended to film a documentary in the nation. When the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry denied her permit to film while there, she resourcefully took hundreds and hundreds of photographs, which she later assembled into a different form of documentary, a narrated photo montage, that allows glimpses into the early years of Castro's Cuba.

One Way or Another (1974)
Directed by Sara Gómez
With Mario Balmaseda, Yolanda Cuéllar, Mario Limonta
Not Rated, 74 minutes, DCP
In Spanish with English subtitles.

The only feature from the radical Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez — who also worked as an assistant director with Agnès Varda and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea before her untimely death at age thirty-one — is an extraordinary portrait of post-revolution Cuba. Blending invaluable documentary footage with a loose narrative about the budding relationship between an outspoken schoolteacher (Yolanda Cuellar) and a young worker (Mario Balmaseda) facing a moral crisis, One Way or Another depicts revolution as an ongoing process that takes place at the level of community — among friends, lovers, coworkers, teachers, students, and parents, all of whom must work together to negotiate a new social order. Above all, Gómez offers a trenchant intersectional critique of the lingering sexism and machismo that, she argues, must be cleared away in order to create a truly just society.

Free for ND, SMC, HC, and IUSB students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Documentary Film.


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