The Cinema of Sara Gómez

The Cinema of Sara Gómez

Reframing Revolution

New Directions in National Cinemas

Edited by Susan Lord and María Caridad Cumaná

Contributions by Inés María Martiatu Terry, Lourdes Martínez-Echazábal, Odette Casamayor-Cisneros, Sergio Giral, Luis García Mesa, Devyn Spence Benson, Rigoberto López, Joshua Malitsky, Ana Serra, Iván Arocha Montes de Oca, Ricardo Acosta, Alan West-Durán and Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez

With Víctor Fowler Calzada

Published by: Indiana University Press

440 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 27 b&w illus.

  • ISBN: 9780253057051
  • Published: July 2021


Throughout the 1960s until her untimely death in 1974, Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez engaged directly and courageously with the social, political, economic, and cultural transformations promised by the Cuban Revolution. 

Gómez directed numerous documentary films in 10 prolific years. She also made De cierta manera (One way or another), her only feature-length film. Her films navigate complex experiences of social class, race, and gender by reframing revolutionary citizenship, cultural memory, and political value. Not only have her inventive strategies become foundational to new Cuban cinema and feminist film culture, but they also continue to inspire media artists today who deal with issues of identity and difference. The Cinema of Sara Gómez assembles history, criticism, biography, methodology, and theory of Gómez's work in scholarly writing; interviews with friends and collaborators; the film script of De cierta manera; and a detailed and complete filmography.

Featuring striking images, this anthology reorients how we tell Cuban cinema history and how we think about the intersections of race, gender, and revolution. By addressing Gómez's entire body of work, The Cinema of Sara Gómez unpacks her complex life and gives weight to her groundbreaking cinema.