DIRECTORS EXCHANGE: Family Ties, the Inherited and the Chosen

Monday, February 19th, 4 pm - 5:30 pm 

Manifesto, Alte Potsdamer Straße 7, 10785 Berlin 

Family can present itself in many different forms; it can mean stability, safety and love for some and for others trauma and heartbreak. Queer identifying persons sometimes have two families, the ones we grew up with and the ones we create. Directors Anthony Schatteman, Lucia G. Romero and Ray Yeung discuss their approach to family representation within the queer community and the importance of such portrayals.

Moderation: Nastaran Tajeri-Foumani
Panelists: Lucía G. Romero (Director, Cura Sana, Generation), Anthony Schatteman (Director, Young Hearts, Generation), Ray Yeung (Director, All Shall Be Well, Panorama)

Free entry without accreditation 


Berlinale - Lucía G. Romero, Anthony Schatteman, Ray Yeung, Nastaran Tajeri-Foumani


Lucía G. Romero
Born in Barcelona, Spain in 1999. She secured a full scholarship at the city's ESCAC film school from which she graduated with a master's degree in film directing. her graduation film Cura Sana tells an autobiographical story linked to her Cuban roots and is rich in political consciousness. 

Anthony Schatteman
Anthony Schatteman (°1989) graduated from the KASK School of Arts in Ghent after which he obtained an additional master's degree Film Studies and Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp. The world of young people and their relationships with the people around them form a common thread in his work, characterised by burgeoning sexuality and homoeroticism. Anthony portrays universal characters that everyone can identify with, in a stylised way, with little dialogue and attention to emotions that are difficult to express. His first short film Kiss me Softly was a true festival favourite, winning awards at international film festivals worldwide. Three more short films followed: Follow me, Petit Ami and Hello, Stranger. 

In 2020 he directed Alive, a series for Vrt/Eén starring Joke Emmers and Michäel Pas in a production of Polar Bear. The youth series Panna was released in 2021, airing on for SBS Belgium, in a production of Sputnik Media. The series follows four young girls who follow their dream to become football players in the streets of Antwerp. l'Homme Inconnu, produced by, is his latest short and was shot on s16mm in Cavalaire-Sur-Mer. It had its premiere at Film Fest Ghent in Belgium in October 2021. This was followed by the series 2de Zit for the Belgian streaming platform Streamz and most recently, he directed the Irish series Northern Lights for Lionsgate. He is currently in preproduction of his debut film Young Hearts, also produced by Polar Bear. The film will be released in early 2024. 

Ray Yeung
In 2021, Ray Yeung was presented with the Artist of the Year for Film award from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.  Ray's third feature SUK SUK (Twilight's Kiss) premiered at the Busan International Film Festival 2019 and Berlinale International Film Festival 2020. SUK SUK earned 5 Taipei Golden Horse Award nominations and was also nominated for 9 Hong Kong Film Awards. Ray's first feature film, CUT SLEEVE BOYS, premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2006; the film won Best Feature at the Outfest Fusion Film Festival in LA . His second feature, FRONT COVER premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival 2015 and was the Closing Film for the Asian American International Film Festival in New York 2016. ALL SHALL BE WELL is his fourth feature. In parallel, Ray has been the Chairman of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival since 2000, currently the longest running lesbian and gay film festival in Asia. 


Nastaran Tajeri-Foumani
Nastaran Tajeri-Foumani is a non-binary queerfeminist presenter, activist, musician, parent and lecturer*researcher. Nastaran focuses on topics such as intersectional queerfeminism, social justice and anti-racist/anti-discriminatory practices, and queer themes in film and art. For over 15 years, Nastaran has moderated and curated various political panels and film talks. In addition, Nastaran works as a moderator for the Berlin Film Festival's Panorama section and curates queer short film programs internationally.