Yangzom (pronounced YANG-zom) is an award winning Film and TV Director. With her short film "Born in Battle" about child soldiers she received the well known CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award as well as the UNESCO Gandhi Medal. The film was shown during the UN committee meeting in Geneva and won the audience award at the prestigious Max Ophüls Preis 2016, a leading festival in the European film festival world for new emerging talents among others.
After the screening of the film 2018 in a Los Angeles movie theater she got instantly offered her first TV directing gig for "NCIS LA" which led to recurring work for several more episodes and new shows such as "Sweet Magnolias', "Hawaii five-0", "Station 19", "Magnum P.I." and "MacGyver" as well as first Season Shows such as "Republic of Sarah" for CW and "Rebel" for ABC.
Yangzom’s filmmaking vocation aside; she has always been extremely active and vocal in the Tibetan Freedom movement. The press have called her ‘The Dalai Lama’s Angel’, ‘Mother Courage’, ‘Rebel Queen’, ‘A strong woman with lots of history’ and so on.
In 2009 she wrote her first book “Across Many Mountains”, which became an instant European Bestseller and has been translated into 12 languages so far. “Across Many Mountains” is a memoir about three generations of Tibetan women: Yangzom’s grandmother a Tibetan nun, her mother and her own story. The book is now turned into a film.
Yangzom was born and raised in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Her Swiss anthropologist father and Tibetan artist mother ignited her passion for the arts but also contributed to her appreciation and understanding of her Tibetan roots, not just from a cultural but a very deep personal perspective. Completing her studies in Europe’s prestigious University of Theater and Music in Bern, she started working in theater projects in Switzerland and Germany. Shortly thereafter, she was cast and guest-starred in the well-known Swiss sitcom for National Swiss Television Network. Yangzom’s career would take off establishing her as a well-known actress starring in many Swiss and German TV Shows as well as in movies. She received her Hollywood breakthrough when she won the role of “Inari” in the Sci Fi film, Aeon Flux, starring Charlize Theron.
Yangzom lives in Los Angeles. She speaks five languages fluently: Tibetan, Swiss German, German, English and French.
She has a EU and US passport.