Calendar ended, Magda no…! – Cuban Television

Magda González Grau, film scriptwriter, television director and teaching professor, one of the most outstanding Cuban directors of works for our media where she addresses the issues and conflicts of gender, education, religion and raciality that are confronted daily in our society. . She is a feminist and humanist par excellence, as well as a great person and friend. She was born in 1956, so her birthday was on the last day of last month and although a little late it is good to bring her to our specialized pages. She graduated in Philology from the University of Havana.

If we are going to talk about Magda, it is necessary to refer to her revered mother, to whom she herself dedicated the television series Calendar, recently completed and which has been greatly appreciated by the people. Her mother, Ángela Alicia Grau Imperatori, was a Cuban writer and journalist who was director of the magazine Cuba in the Ballet and founder of the television program “Ballet Vision”. Ángela Grau was born in 1938. In her youth she ventured into the world of culture; She was founder and executive secretary of the National Board of Trustees-Museum, she was also director of the newspaper Redemptionpatriotic-Martian publication, secretary of the Directorate of Culture of the FEU and founder of the Film Department of the University Society of Fine Arts as well as the University Theater.

In the 1940s, she founded the board of the Alicia Alonso Ballet, the Ballet of Cuba and the National Ballet of Cuba, and in 1952, she graduated in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Havana, specializing in Geographical and Historical Studies. She was part of the of the Speleological Society of Cuba. She is a History teacher at the “Cepero Bonilla” Special Pre-University Institute, and she becomes the director of the “Manuel Bisbé” Basic Secondary School. Between 1967-1972 she was deputy administrative director of the National Ballet of Cuba. She is also founder and director of the magazine Cuba in the Ballet. In 1979-1989, due to his renowned work, he became the director of the National Theater of Cuba. He has written articles and essays, and has given lectures on culture and history. He published a landmark essay titled ““Uncle Sam’s Unrealized Dream”, resulting in a prize in the Julio Antonio Mella Contest organized by “Editora Abril”. He passed away on April 14, 2010.


The teaching, cultural and educational work that Ángela Grau carried out throughout her life is incalculable, which motivated and inspired her daughter and successor Magda to her inclination for dramatic art and direction in our media and in Cuban cinema. .

Magda González Grau, after graduating from the Philology degree, is placed at the ICRT to make subtitles and dubbing. While in that activity, a call to direct came out, it was evaluated and approved. She was already a dubbing director and so she began directing actors; She tells us that she discovered what she liked most… she started with a Hungarian film, adapted to our country, by that great director who was Rudy Mora (her father). During her time at the ICRT, she became convinced that what she liked was directing actors. Between the tasks of directing she did “PIÁCOLADA” and advice on the soap opera that is still being replenished: “Next year”. Although there is a truce in the realization of these genres, he continued working and made, among other things, “Master class”. He has done stories, theaters and everything that is produced on television such as “Doors”, “Sun and shadows”.

Our conversation turned to the film “Why do my friends cry?”. She tells us that at first it is a true story of four friends and it is a message to love and friendship, based on a story by the young writer Hanna Imberg. Although she was already known for her television work, this film has catapulted our interviewee to the highest levels of popularity. She began by telling us that in Cuban cinema, women filmmakers can be counted on the fingers of one hand. In her case, she did it, after thinking about it a lot and also because her friends urged her to do it, also because the script was very attractive.

Making a chronicle of this director, mainly of television and cinema, is not an easy thing, between her many occupations within our small screen and the cinema, when she told us that they were going to film a third and final part of a television series and invited us to We were going to a recording session. We already knew how difficult it was to film a TV program from having participated in a previous ““A street a thousand paths”; This case was a dramatized one; They are hours of a lot of teamwork, so that a product of the highest quality reaches the viewer.

“Calendar” has dealt with current situations of teachers and young people in schools, their relationships with the school, with the family, with the teaching staff, with gender diversity, with students who have a disability, prostitution in general, male and female, with the age difference between romantic relationships between older adults and adolescents, religious beliefs and even pedophilia. This third installment is a continuity written by Amilkar Salatti, Yolanda Rosario, in the general production, plus an outstanding technical team and a great cast that is standing out for its performances under the direction of González Grau. Some demands, suggestions and concerns from the public were taken into account due to a previous investigation carried out.

Between rest, filming and the logical enjoyment of it, when we were able to talk something with Magda who has always been very attentive to us and answered some of our questions.

He expressed that it is not the first time that he has worked for a youth audience that has previously ventured into the subject and is one of those who believes that programming for young people today is the most important on our television, since that is where they They are reflected with their virtues and defects. The language used is colloquial. He considers the serial very interesting due to the complexity of the themes such as the problems inherent to youth and adolescence, racial discrimination and geographical fatalism, young people without family protection, sexual preferences, drug addiction, prostitution, first experiences in love and sex, etc.

He asserted that we must work with youth to ensure the future and that it is in safe hands. He showed how human we are and how we can make mistakes and fundamentally learn to forgive, nothing is black and white, neither good nor bad, there are grays and midtones, that the human being in his life has positive and negative things. She is very satisfied with the work team. The show was slated to air again on Sundays and in primetime at nine p.m.

Furthermore, the filming has featured excellent actors with vast experience and outstanding FAMCA students, with very good results, because it is in practice where the theory with which the series was conceived and made is realized, its success lies in making it with love. , dedication and hope…; This has been for them, an approach to what they are going to do later. Our conversation with Magda came to an end, and she is now ready to continue the arduous task of filming.

Before saying goodbye, she confesses that she feels very satisfied because the public’s acceptance has exceeded her expectations: «I feel very fulfilled as a woman, a revolutionary, a Cuban and as a trainer of youth». And we congratulate her for her daily work to be able to have a guaranteed relief every day and a much more cultured and educated youth.

What can we do now that it’s over? Calendar? Wait for a new proposal that is already on the way. Because Magda, it’s not over yet!

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