Irina Echarry’s Diary

The Weapon of Disinformation in Cuba

November 19, 2015 | 8 comments

Once again, I was able to see how the government manages to keep people quiet and prevent them from questioning their predicament or demanding their rights. This isn’t accomplished at gunpoint, no. They use a different weapon: disinformation.

Cuba, Processed Meats and Cancer

November 3, 2015 | 1 Comment »

At the close of October, a startling piece of news made its way across the globe: the World Health Organization (WHO), on the basis of a report issued by its International Cancer Research Agency, classified processed meats as carcinogens and warned that red meats are probably the same.

Elderly Cuban Women Speak of Their Lives in New Documentary

October 26, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The film comes from Proyecto Palomas, a production house that focuses on social issues. It uses testimonies offered by elderly women, while a voice-over narration accompanies still images and renowned visual art pieces that complement and/or stress the central thread of the film.

Breast Cancer in Cuba

October 20, 2015 | No Comments »

October 19 is International Breast Cancer Day. This terrible condition is among the first causes of death among women around the world. In Cuba, it claims the lives of more than 4 women every day. Mammary glands are the second part of the body most commonly affected by malignant tumors (after the lungs).

The Many Unsolved Problems of Cuba’s Wi-Fi Hot Zones

September 2, 2015 | 7 comments

Even though fellow bloggers Irina Pino and Vicente Morin have already written about their experiences with Cuba’s public Wi-Fi zones, I would like to share my opinion on the subject. (5 photos)

Cuba: A Pact with Loneliness

July 27, 2015 | 5 comments

My friend Ines is going through a life crisis. She feels there’s no sense in carrying on. Nothing works out for her, she’s not happy at work or home and a recent breakup has shown her she has no real friends. She says she only has me.

A Public Debate on My Block

June 26, 2015 | No Comments »

The afternoon shined with its most beautiful colors. The kids were playing soccer under the orange light reflected by the framboyan trees that line the street. Their shouting pierced the silence of the block.

Filmmaker Guillen Landrian: Cuba’s Loose Cannon

May 22, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The last New Filmmakers’ Festival had a special series of screenings in tribute to the late Nicolas Guillen Landrian. The showing of nine of his documentaries was a great gift to those who hadn’t seen (or only knew a small part of) his films.

My Mom’s Housing Curse

January 19, 2015 | No Comments »

My parents got married in 1967. A short time later, they already had two kids and steady jobs. The only thing they didn’t have was a roof over their heads. Living in cheap hotels made for a hectic life. The worst part of it was the anxiety of it all…

Cuba: The Empty Rostrum

January 6, 2015 | 2 comments

I want to condemn the criminal proceedings that the Cuban government wishes to institute against the artist Tania Bruguera. No one has the right to curtail the full expression and development of art, much less appropriate a public space and transform it into a sacred temple, as has happened in Cuba.