• The Fuse: or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (2011)
  • The Fuse: or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (2011)
  • The Fuse: or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (2011)
  • The Fuse: or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (2011)

The Fuse: or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (2011)

Kako Sam Zapalio Simona Bolivara (Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian)

Using personal home video footage, this documentary follows how a young boy’s attempts to avoid a poor mark on a school assignment in 1990′s Sarajevo, may have contributed to a civil war.

Director’s Note: The Fuse is a story of childhood naïveté, and of those moments, in this case rather ominous ones, which inevitably teach a child that he is not the center of the universe. In the Fuse, I wanted to explore the universality of this feeling, albeit within the very specific and traumatic context of the Bosnian civil war. Sensing that everything is about to change, the nine-year-old boy, Igor, appears even slightly excited, being oblivious to the chaos that was about to engulf Sarajevo.

Selected as one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films of 2011 (January 2012)
Canada Screen Awards 2013 – Nomination – Best Short Documentary (March 2013)
Yorkton Film Festival – Best Historical Documentary (Yorkton, Canada, May 2012)
Honorable Mention / Special Jury Citation – Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (New York, USA)
Clipagem Trophy – Kinoforum-Curtiba (Sao Paulo Int. Short FF – Sep 2012)

Festival History
Sarajevo Film Festival (July 2011, Sarajevo, Bosnia) – work-in-progress
Toronto International Film Festival (Sep. 2011, Toronto, Canada) – domestic premiere
Vancouver International Film Festival (Oct. 2011, Vancouver, Canada)
Canada’ Top Ten 2011 (January 2012, Toronto, Canada)
Victoria Film Festival (February 2012, Victoria, Canada)
Zagrebdox (March 2012, Zagreb, Croatia) – Regional Premiere
SXSW – South by Southwest (March 2012, Austin, USA) – U.S. premiere
Cinema du Reel (March 2012, Paris, France) – European premiere
Boston Independent Film Festival (April 2012 , Boston, USA)
Bosnian and Herzegovinian Film Festival (May 2012, New York, USA)
Reykjavik Short and Documentary Film Festival (May 2012, Reykjavik, Iceland)
Yorkton Short Film Festival (May 2012, Yorkton, Canada)
Los Angeles Film Festival (June 2012, Los Angeles. USA)
Vienna Independent Short Film Festival (June 2012, Vienna, Austria)
Rooftop Films (June 2012, New York, USA)
Gimli Film Festival (July 2012, Gimli, Canada)
Era New Horizons (July 2012, Wroclaw, Poland)
Docufest Kosovo (July 2012, Prizren, Kosovo)
Melbourne International Film Festival (August 2012, Melbourne, Australia)
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival (August, 2012, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Milwaukee Film Festival (September, 2012, Milwaukee, USA)
Belo Horizote Int. Short Film Festival (September 2012, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
Winterthur Kurzfilmtage (Nov 2012, Winterthur, Switzerland)
L’Alternativa Barcelona (Nov 2012, Barcelona, Spain)
Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival (Nov. 2012, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival (November 2012, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Go Short Film Festival (March 2013 Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Recontres D’Cerbere (October 2013, Cerbere, France )


Directed By: Igor Drljaca 9 min - HDCAM - 1.33 - Stereo View Trailer