Rafat Alzakout (*1977) completed his studies in acting and directing at the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts (HIDA) in Damaskus in 2003. His first directorial works were studio stagings of pieces by young French and Syrian authors. With Moliére’s “George Dandin or the Abashed Husband” he presented his first bigger production of a classical piece at the comedic festival in Lattakia in 2007. Between 2008 and 2010 he took part in several directing workshops held by the British Council and London Royal Court Theatre. In 2010/2011 his staging of Edward Albee’s “Zoo Story”, in which he acted as well, became a celebrated success. After his migration to Beirut he produced the puppet theatre series “Top Goon” under the pseudonym Jameel Alabiad and published 30 episodes on the internet until 2015. The satire, which opposes the regime, was met with great critical response. His documentary film “Home” premiered at festival fID Marseille 2015 and was shown at numerous international film festivals, in Leipzig and Vienna a.o. The film won two awards in Marseille and Tetouane. In November 2015 Rafat Alzakout immigrated to Berlin.
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