DEVELOPMENT

LIFE AS RITUAL //

Documentary // In-Production  // 

Genre DOCUMENTARY

Director YANGZOM BRAUEN

Written by

MARTIN BRAUEN,

YANGZOM BRAUEN

Producer: MARTIN BRAUEN, YANGZOM BRAUEN,

DANIEL STANCA DI-MARCO

 

2018, 80 MIN, COLOR

This is the story of an extraordinary woman, Kunsang Wangmo, a 100 year old Buddhist nun from Tibet.

 

When she turned six years old she decided to become a nun. She later married willy-nilly a Tibetan man, he also a cleric, and gave birth to four children. In 1959 when the Chinese invaded Tibet the family ran away to India. There three of her children and her husband died. She was left alone in exile with one daughter. Both underwent many hardships, had to work in road construction, were living in primitive tents, sometimes starving. Slowly their situation improved, Kunsang got a job as a foster mother in a children's village. And her daughter Sonam could attend school classes.

 

Then in 1972 Sonam fell in love with a Swiss student who studied anthropology in India. They got married and he took them both to Switzerland.

In all these years living in Switzerland Kunsang never gave up her clerical life. She follows her daily religious practices. In between she is reciting millions of times certain mantras.

Though Kunsang recently celebrated her 100th birthday she is still independent and fit. She has a special ability to adapt to life, welcomes when young people live with her in the same apartment, is full of joke, vitality and joie de vivre. No complains and gossiping about others, no depression, no sullenness but a lot of self-assuredness and self-satisfaction that can even sometimes lead to a kind of narcissism.

Kunsang is not a heroine but a role model for many in showing us how you can age in dignity and autonomy even though she has lost not only her family but her country and freedom.

ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS //

European Bestseller // Based on a true Story // Script

Genre EPIC DRAMA

Director YANGZOM BRAUEN

Screenplay by

YANGZOM BRAUEN

Producer: Daniel Stanca-di Marco, Yangzom Brauen

 

2018, 120 MIN, COLOR

A powerful, emotional memoir and an extraordinary portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Mao’s Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom.


Kunsang thought she would never leave Tibet. One of the country's youngest Buddhist nuns, she grew up in a remote mountain village where, as a teenager, she entered the local nunnery. Though simple, Kunsang's life gave her all she needed: a oneness with nature and a sense of the spiritual in all things. She married a monk, had two children, and lived in peace and prayer. But not for long. There was a saying in Tibet: "When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth." The Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950 changed everything. When soldiers arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying everything in their path, Kunsang and her family fled across the Himalayas only to spend years in Indian refugee camps. She lost both her husband and her youngest child on that journey, but the future held an extraordinary turn of events that would forever change her life--the arrival in the refugee camps of a cultured young Swiss man long fascinated with Tibet. Martin Brauen will fall instantly in love with Kunsang's young daughter, Sonam, eventually winning her heart and hand, and taking mother and daughter with him to Switzerland, where Yangzom will be born.

 

Many stories lie hidden until the right person arrives to tell them. In rescuing the story of her now 90-year-old inspirational grandmother and her mother, Yangzom Brauen has given us a book full of love, courage, and triumph,as well as allowing us a rare and vivid glimpse of life in rural Tibet before the arrival of the Chinese. Most importantly, though, ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS is a testament to three strong, determined women who are linked by an unbreakable family bond.

“A moving reminder that the consequences of the Chinese invasion of Tibet continue down to this day.  A lovely memoir of three generations of Tibetan women.”

Oliver Stone
“A fascinating insight into a paradoxical society, one that was backward yet sustaining, hard,  yet shot through with wisdom. Also a tender account of female courage and love. An endearing read.“

Roland Joffe

"This book paints a vivid picture of Tibetan experience over the last eight decades, one of the most difficult periods in our history. Through the personal stories of three women from one Tibetan family, it recalls the imposition of Chinese rule in Tibet and the subsequent efforts of many Tibetans to preserve their identity and treasured values in exile."


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

PATHOGEN //

Sci-Fi // Script

Genre SCI-FI

Director YANGZOM BRAUEN

Written by MIKE BOSS

YANGZOM BRAUEN

Producer: Daniel Stanca di-Marco

Camera ALEXA IHRT

 

2017, 90 MIN, COLOR

When an international crew of astronauts, loaded with supply for the colony on Mars, discovers a deadly intruder on board, they have to find a way to survive and safe the ship from destruction.

EXPATS GOING SOUTH //

Comedy //  Script

Genre COMEDY

Director & Writer

YANGZOM BRAUEN

Camera ALEXA IHRT

Cast MELANIE WINIGER, SOFIA MILOS, MAX LOONG, CALOS LEAL, ERNEST HAUSMANN

 

2018, 90 MIN, COLOR

Two desperate Swiss expats are convicted to spend the rest of their lives in a Californian prison. When one day  an unexpected visitor from Mexico arrives and changes the course of their fate. Sequel of "Who Killed Johnny".