Irina Pino’s Diary

A Place I Used to Love to Spend Time At

October 25, 2016 | No Comments »

Watching the sea is a way to alleviate stress. I usually do this because I have the sea nearby, I live in Miramar in the neighborhood called La Puntilla, an idyllic place in the early ‘90s.

The entrance to Havana's Marti Theater, one of the stages for the recent Countertenor Festival.
Castrato Voices and Cuba’s Countertenor Festival

October 17, 2016 | 1 Comment »

When they premiered the movie Farinelli, a friend told me, telling me that it was about a gay singer who didn’t have any balls… and that made me burst out in laughter. However, I soon became interested and went to see it.

Cuban teenagers.
Portraits of Cuban teenagers

October 8, 2016 | 9 comments

“We’re going to play”, I’ve heard my son, who studies at pre-university (senior high school), say this frequently, but it’s not playing an instrument that they’re talking about…

El Acompañante Pavel Giroud
The Companion: Not Just Friendship and Aids

September 25, 2016 | No Comments »

The friendship between a boxer and a former soldier, within the context of the “Los Cocos” sanitarium, an institution where they kept every case of HIV and seropositives in confinement, in Cuba in the ‘80s is the setting for of film “El Acompañante” (The Companion).

Choosing, Taking Your Life

September 18, 2016 | No Comments »

On September 15th, I heard about Cuban poet Juan Carlos Flores’ suicide. He’d suffered from schizophrenia and in the last period of his life, he’d decided to be by himself, his wife had gone out of the country.

Jose Antonio Rodriguez: Finally Rests in Peace with Carlos Ruiz

September 10, 2016 | No Comments »

We have lost an actor of a thousand characters, Jose Antonio Rodriguez passed away on September 7th. Government media report that he had been suffering from a degenerative disease.

Con mi familia en La Habana Vieja
Broken Cuban Families

September 1, 2016 | 6 comments

When a friend talks to me about broken families, I see the portrait of my own family: those who have stayed here in Cuba, those who have left, and those who are getting ready to say goodbye.

Rex Cinema II
Havana’s Rex Cinema

August 19, 2016 | 3 comments

The wretched state of the Rex Cinema, on San Rafael Boulevard in downtown Havana, doesn’t stop me from seeing it and what it once was, with super comfortable seats and excellent air conditioning.

Marylin Monroe
Marilyn Monroe: Icon of Desire

August 9, 2016 | 2 comments

It seems that adversity stood in your way and wanted to erase your name, dark horsemen didn’t want you to continue on living, they tried to silence you…

Jovenes cubanos.  Foto: Juan Suárez
Holiday Entertainment

August 5, 2016 | 2 comments

In the holidays, the kids in my neighborhood enjoy going to the coast, bathing in the sea. They also play bul-le, that’s the slang name for it, but it’s just a game of cards which up to six players can play.