There was a slew of commemorative films, which sometimes sacrificed formal virtues for an emphasis on ideological interpretations and objectives: Jorge Fraga's 1968 La odisea del General José (The Odyssey of General Jo...展开sé), José Massip's 1971 Páginas del diario de José Martí (Pages from the Diary of José Martí) and 1986's Baraguá, Pineda Barnet's Mella (1975) and Aquella larga noche (That Long Night) from 1979, and more. Some suffered from concepts divorced from their plots, suggesting that great themes do not always make for great films, or can promise depth while not penetrating beneath the surface. There were also films about the colonial past, of a type which popular wit dubbed negrometrajes (black subjects), of which the most outstanding were 1974's El otro Francisco (The Other Francisco), Rancheador (1976), Maluala (1979) and Plácido (1986) by Sergio Giral. This director's work, dedicated to the study of the African roots of the Cuban nationality from slavery days to those Africans' mulatto descendants, was interrupted after María Antonia by his 1990 emigration to the United States.
One of the most valuable parts of the Festival will be the tributes that, this year, will be dedicated to the professor, ideologist and filmmaker José Massip and to the distinguished producer Tomas Piard, who historically have been linked to the Plaza Cinema, assured Morales.
Cinema 23 y 12 is the chosen place for the ceremony that will be held the 4 of October with a photographic exhibition, allegorical to Massip and the projection of his movie Páginas del diario de José Martí (Pages of the Diary of Jose Marti), the 5 of October will be recognized Piard and will be showed his movie Espectros.