Nationality​: Swiss/American | Union:​ Directors Guild of America | Location:​ Berlin | Los Angeles | Zurich



Yangzom Brauen is a Swiss-Tibetan award winning director, actress and bestseller author who studied at the University for Theater and Music in Berne, Switzerland.

Her debut film “Who Killed Johnny” won several festival awards and got a theatrical release in Switzerland. With her short film  “Ruprecht” she won the audience award at the Short Film Long Night L.A. Film Festival in 2014. “Ruprecht” has been accepted to more then 25 festivals.


"Born in Battle" her short film about child soldiers received the well known CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award as well as the UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the Fribourg Film Festival. “Born in Battle” was shown during the UN committee meeting in Geneva with UN Special representative on children and armed conflict.


In 2018 she directed her first primetime one hour TV Show for CBS called NCIS LA starring LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell.


2009 she wrote her first book “Across Many Mountains”, which became an instant bestseller in Germany (Spiegel) and Switzerland (Focus) for over 40 weeks. “Across Many Mountains” is a memoir about three generations of Tibetan women: Yangzom’s grandmother, her mother and her own story. The book has sold over 500,000 copies in Germany and Switzerland alone and has been published in 11 languages so far.


2018 NCIS LA ‘Venganza’ TV Series -  Episode S9E22, Director, CBS, USA

2018 Stronger Together PSA for VA Healthcare, Director, USA

2015 Born in Battle Short Film, Director, Writer, Producer USA/Switzerland

2014 Ruprecht Short Film, Director, USA

2013 Who Killed Johnny Feature Film, Director, Writer, Producer, USA

2010 Las Vegas TV Pilot, Co-Director, Writer, Producer, USA

2009 Hallo Hollywood Web-Series, Co-Director, Writer, Producer, USA

2001 Pilgrimage in Exile -Tibetans on the Path of Buddha Documentary, Director, Writer, India



Born in Battle

UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award - Fribourg International Film Festival

UNESCO Gandhi Medal - Fribourg International Film Festival

Audience Award - Max Ophüls Preis

Audience Award - Landshuter Short Film Festival

Jury Award – Farcume Film Festival

Stellar Award - Black Maria Film Festival



Audience Award - Los Angeles Swiss Short Film Long Night Film Festival

Best Short Film - Moab Film Festival


Who Killed Johnny

Best Comedy - Chicago Comedy Film Festival

Best Film – Trindie Film Festival

Best Film – Costa Rica International Film Festival


​Hallo Hollywood

Number 1 web-series watched on leading Swiss newspaper



“Across Many Mountains “- a memoir about three generations of Tibetan women

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