European Angst
Firas Alshater

Firas Alshater © Okayfactor GmbH/Cristian Zamora - ZUKAR.org

Firas Alshater, a Syrian actor, author and web-performer with his own YouTube channel. Alshater grew up in Damascus where he studied drama and worked as a journalist and filmmaker. He was involved in organising the first demonstrations against the Assad regime, was arrested several times and tortured in prison. Alshater has lived in Berlin since 2013. Together with the documentary filmmaker Jan Heilig, he made the documentary Syria Inside and comedy videos for the web series Zukar. He quickly became a YouTube star, attracting millions of views. In October 2016, he published his book entitled Ich komm auf Deutschland zu in which he humorously recounts his experiences in Syria and his new home Germany.

 
„Wenn die Leute Angst vor Flüchtlingen haben und sie nicht in ihren Ländern wollen, dann sollten sie aufhören, Waffen nach Syrien zu schicken. Großbritannien macht das, genauso wie Deutschland, die USA, Russland und Frankreich. So lange man Waffen verkauft, ist man zumindest teilweise verantwortlich.“ Alshater in The Guardian, 20.03.2016