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Road Trip 2016
Humor and hugs turn a Syrian refugee into a YouTube starSyrian filmmaker Firas, now living in Germany, uses YouTube and comedy to break down barriers between Germans and refugees. This video is part of Life, Disrupted: a special CNET report on tech and the refugee crisis.
[MUSIC] [SOUND] [FOREIGN] [FOREIGN] I am a You-Tuber, an actor, a writer, and a person, and a human, and a refugee, and all of that. He posted a video online of himself standing in a Where in Berlin with a sign saying he's Syrian, asking people to come give him a hug, and it ended up going viral. I went to the streets, closing my eyes, having a paper which said hey, I'm a Syrian refugee. I want to trust you, you want to trust me? Just come over and hug me. I stood at Alexandplatz. [FOREIGN] [MUSIC] [FOREIGN] [MUSIC] [FOREIGN] [MUSIC] [FOREIGN] But he now does a bunch of videos talking about what it's like to be a Syrian refugee leaving in Germany. And you know, he kind of uses humour and makes himself more human. My third video was about Workshop to get contact with you first refugee to touch your first refugee. [MUSIC] This kid have also five fingers like me. He have two eyes, I don't believe that. So we just did it in a funny way at the beginning, and in the end we all human. And we are not allowed to hate somebody just because he's coming from another country. Facebook, YouTube, it's somehow for me and for many other people it's a big door to say our mind, what we are thinking, what we feel. All the media talking about us on the TV, on the radio, on the online news. So they talk about us but we don't have a chance Talk so that's why I use this Internet. Then I have my chance to talk about myself.>> It was just really great to hear how powerful in some of these areas can be. We hear about it all the time but to act Actually met somebody that YouTube and Facebook had made such a difference in his life made it interesting.