Sara Gómez

Scen.: Sara Gómez. F.: Mario García Joya. M.: Roberto Bravo. Int.: Sara Gómez (voce narrante). Prod.: Fernando Pi per ICAIC. DCP. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Sara Gómez (1943-1974) was Cuba’s first woman filmmaker, making 19 documentaries that offer uniquely intimate and inquisitive portraits of those whom history could forget: women, Afro-descendent people, the young and the very old. She died while making her feature film, De cierta manera. Iré a Santiago was one her first films, portraying the city of Santiago de Cuba in a highly energetic and playful style of direct cinema, connecting the contemporary people, and spaces of this eastern city, to a past of slavery and resistance music, dance, and daily life. “There is no doubt about our condition as people of the Antilles – Sara wrote – but all this is almost a Cuban legend built through a dream. What happens is that Santiago is there. So it’s true: Cuba is an island in the Antilles. And mulato? Mulato is a state of mind.”

Susan Lord

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Restored in 4K by Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) at Vulnerable Media Lab from a 35mm print preserved by ICAIC