“Born of Fire” on the road.
Screenings of the documentary in 9 Bulgarian cities.

After it premiered on the international film festival “Master of Arts”, then was screened on many prestigious cinema forums and was awarded Best Debut Documentary on the “Golden Rhyton” awards in 2022 (a festival for documentary and animation), „Born of Fire” is coming back for the new season. Up to now it was praised by the audience in Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas and Varna. In 2024 there are upcoming screenings in 9 more Bulgarian cities and towns: Asenovgrad, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Kyustendil, Pazardjik, Svoge, Stara Zagora, Haskovo and Shipka.

After each screening the director Sasha Hadjieva and people from the crew will participate in open discussion with the audience and will answer their questions as well as share interesting details from the “kitchen”. These screenings will be followed by a live performance with fire.

The film is about the art of fire dance and fire theater in Bulgaria – a genre that is relatively unknown, defined as dance, performance, fire theater, circus art, juggling art or flow arts.

While tracking the fire performers in Bulgaria, Sasha Hadjieva and her crew try to find out why the impact and the hypnotic effect of this art on the audience are so strong.

“We followed and documented the work of more than 30 fire artists – some of them individually performing and others being part of different artistic formations. We show shots and performances that will make you hold your breath and also emphasize on the different styles and aesthetics, the inspirations and emotions of the artists. Each one of them has walked their own unique way.”, said the director for the Bulgarian National Radio.

“Born of Fire” encompasses the artists’ stories in a series of candid interviews and builds a different artistic and multi-layered world, represented by the stunning camera work of Rumen Vassilev and the memorable music written by Kliment Dichev. Fire is a metaphor for freedom, a means for expressing emotions and delivering messages, a road to one’s own self, a means for challenge and going beyond.


Director and screenwriter / Sasha Hadjieva
DOP / Rumen Vassilev
Second camera / Boris Lukanov, Ogi Stoilov, Alexander Krumov
Music and sound design / Kliment Dichev
Post production / Petar Gulov
Motion design / Diana Ilignosheva
Costumes consultant / Raya Karpacheva
Translator / Iliana Oblakova
With the participation of /// Viktor Teofilov, Gergana Staneva, Dario Tabakov, Daniel Nguyen, Diana Atanasova, Denitsa Doncheva, Elena Pap, Ivan Tsenkov, Ivanka Kolchakova, Kaya Nguyen, Kiril Uzunov, Maria Nikolova, Maria Slavova, Martin Marinov, Milena Sergeeva, Nikolay Kolev, Nikolay Raichev, Petya Bozhinova, Plamen Ivanov, Plamen Petkov, Plamen Radev, Raya Karpacheva, Raya Tsolova, Rozaliya Mitrova, Sasha Hadjieva, Tanya Racheva.


For more information, you can follow the official Facebook page of “Born of Fire”.

The film’s distribution is accomplished by Sasha Hadjieva (D-ZEN Studio) and Inner Theater Company with financial support from the National Culture Fund of Bulgaria.