To Mohamed Bouazizi

I think it is amazing how something so enormous like the current revolutions in the Arab world was triggered by a single decision by a single unknown man, by a spillover of someone’s emotions, by a very very personal and singular (though not uncommon) human fate. Obviously, the forces of history and karma have been brewing this epic mangia for centuries, but now we can say we know which was the exact tiny matchstick that brought the explosion. A poor street-vendor in Tunisia, with a family to feed, harassed by the police for one last time, with any faith in the institutions or in basic human fairness apparently lost. At the same fateful moment, he torched both himself and a fire that is still raging across Africa and Asia. Hopefully, a good fire.

In his own desperation, Mohamed Bouazizi didn’t know what was to come after. But now we know.

He died on January 4. He was 26.

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The personal website of director Ivaylo Minov

I am a Bulgarian-born filmmaker working between Sofia and London. Over the last six years, I have been directing TV commercials for agencies like DDB, Leo Burnett, Lowe Swing, Publicis, Huts JWT, Demner Merlicek & Bergmann. I have worked for a wide range of clients – from mobile telecoms through charities to a viral campaign for a presidential candidate at the 2011 elections in Bulgaria.

I have a film making diploma from the London Film Academy, following a BA degree in Journalism by the American University in Bulgaria. I have worked in media and theatre, before discovering my passion for film making and turning it into a full-time devotion.

Find me at:
liaminov (at)
0044 7757 428696 (UK)
00359 886 880564 (BG)