DE CIERTA MANERA describes life in a poor neighborhood in post-revolutionary Cuba. Yolanda, an elementary school teacher, and Mario, who works in a factory, become a couple. While Yolanda strives for an educational approach that integrates marginalized students, causing conflict with colleagues and parents, Mario finds it difficult to let go of patriarchal role models. Their contrary ideals put their relationship to the test, while at the same time critically reflecting the process of social transformation. This was the first Cuban feature-length film directed by a woman.