Sara Goméz

Sara Gómez, * November 8, 1942 in Havanna, Cuba; † June 2, 1974, ibid., was a filmmaker and sript writer. Brought up in a middle-class black family, she studied literature, piano and Afro-Cuban ethnography. She worked as a journalist before joining the newly-formed Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) in 1961, where she subsequently served as assistant director to Jorge Fraga and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, as well as to the visiting French director Agnes Varda. One of only two black filmmakers at ICAIC at the time, and for several years its only woman director, Gómez made a series of documentary shorts on assigned topics before directing her first feature "De cierta manera". She died before she could complete the film.