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Paul and Corey Cross the Streams: Season 6, Episode 6 [‘De Cierta Manera’ (1974)]

Paul and Corey Cross the Streams is a bi-monthly podcast in which hosts Paul Pakler and Corey Pepper watch and review streaming content. It’s the Great American Podcast where two friends learn about life as they float down the river of streaming services.

Having amassed more than 100 episodes in its run, PACCTS’ sixth season will focus its sights on “the greatest films of all time” (both in the US and internationally), as assembled by the British Film Institute’s 2022 Sight and Sound Poll of industry critics. Corey will be choosing American films from the list, and Paul will be choosing international ones. 

Our goal is to examine the films that are considered great, and why that may be the case.  

Sara Gómez’s first and only feature, De Cierta Manera / One Way or Another (1977), is ranked at 196. Gómez was a revolutionary filmmaker in Cuba who spent her career examining and highlighting the struggles of the Afro-Cuban community, women, and the marginalized as they dealt with continued inequalities after social revolution.

De Cierta Manera combines documentary footage and fictionalized narratives; professional and amateur actors as well as people playing themselves; and facts and argumentation. Agnes Varda, who worked with Gomez, once characterized her work as “didactic films,” and Paul and Corey wholeheartedly agree – to the film’s credit and limitations.

Because of…the whole America-Cuba thing, De Cierta Manera is not readily available for streaming. You can watch a rough copy here on YouTube.

It’s a great discussion of an interesting film. Enjoy!

This Episode’s Focus: De Cierta Manera (1974)
Host’s Choice
: Paul Pakler
Stream on YouTube
Corey’s Recipe Recommendations for This Episode:
Cuban Sandwich and Cuban Fried Pork Chunks

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