The Berlin comedian Felix Lobrecht (34) has condemned the attacks on rescue workers on New Year's Eve, but at the same time is surprised at the course of the debate.
He called the attacks "obviously shit". "You don't need to talk about it at all," said Lobrecht of the German Press Agency. "The debates just seem a bit unworldly to me." It's not like it escalated for the first time this year. But that's how New Year's Eve has been since he was a child in Neukölln.
Many people from Neukölln or similar areas across Germany would know that, said Lobrecht. He moderates the podcast "Gemischtes Hack" and grew up in Berlin's Gropiusstadt. He also wrote about it in his novel "Sonne und Beton". The story has now been filmed and will be in cinemas on March 2nd.
The film is about four boys who get into all sorts of problems and deals with social justice and violence. The film was shown to the public for the first time at the Berlin Film Festival over the weekend. Lobrecht and the film team are supposed to sign the guest book in the Rotes Rathaus today.
Lobrecht has often called for more equal opportunities. But he doesn't want to go into politics himself. "I can't imagine anything worse than going into politics," Lobrecht said on the sidelines of the Berlinale. The good thing about being an artist is that you can just bitch or joke about things - or movies, books and songs - without having to offer a solution. "And there I see myself." Because it is clear to him that politics has many things on the screen.