Irina Pino’s Diary

Murder in Miramar’s Zero St. Park

January 17, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Dawn broke in the La Puntilla neighborhood with the news of a murdered man. The body had been found thrown in the park on Cero (Zero) Street, in front of the Cuban Sports and Recreation Institute’s offices. A neighbor who was passing by saw it.

What 2016 Gave Me and the New Year

January 4, 2017 | No Comments »

When a year comes to an end, I always do a mental summary of what it has given and taken away from me. This helps me to at least gain a bit of wisdom. A painful event last year was my father’s passing, but his spirit and image will always accompany me.

A Chilean Film Leaves Us with a Hedonistic Neruda

December 24, 2016 | 3 comments

At the recently concluded 38th Havana Film Festival, the movie Neruda, from director Pablo Larrain, who gives us a black and white image of this poet and diplomat, really caught my attention.

When Things Aren’t Like Before

December 16, 2016 | No Comments »

A significant film at this 38th edition of the Havana Film Festival (which continues through Dec. 18.) is the movie “Ya no es antes” (It’s not like before) directed by Lester Hamlet. The Cuban filmmaker draws us into the intimate world of a couple, where love and immigration play a key role.

An Excursion to the Christ of Havana, and other stories

December 13, 2016 | No Comments »

Gigantic, beautiful, commanding, this Christ can be seen from several points in Havana. It was sculpted by Jilma Madera, a Cuban artist who once said that her Christ wasn’t meant to be worshiped, but to remember him.

Needs and the Guilt of Consumerism

November 30, 2016 | 2 comments

A psychological state has been created in poor people in Cuba so that they can do without so many things and hate consumerism like they would an infernal machine.

Menopause: a Bearable ill?

November 15, 2016 | No Comments »

When I used to work in TV, I heard a colleague say: now that I’ve reached 50, my whole world has turned upside down. I have hot flashes in the early morning, a dry mouth and vagina, and I haven’t had a period in about a year…

Bob Dylan and his Heartfelt Songs

November 2, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize and the news has unleashed controversy, the disgust of some, the envy of others, who say that they don’t agree, arguing that he isn’t a real writer.

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.

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.