'Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about the Netflix documentary
The story of a Thai Buddhist family and their unorthodox decision to have their two-year-old daughter cryogenically frozen after she died from brain cancer
Science has evolved significantly over the past century, characterized by a number of innovations specifically in the medical field. One of the groundbreaking and skeptical techniques to ever be invented is that of Cryonics, the low-temperature freezing and storage of a human corpse with the speculative hope that they can be resurrected and restored back to full health in the possible future. A subject that has been regarded with skepticism within the mainstream scientific community, there has been little to no visual documentation of this process until now.
Adding to its ever-growing library of poignant and impactful documentaries, Netflix is set to premiere an incredible moving unscripted film entitled 'Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice' that touches upon Cryonics. It is the story of a Thai Buddhist family and their unorthodox decision to have their two-year-old daughter cryogenically frozen after she died from brain cancer. Here's all you need to know about the film.
'Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice' will be available on Netflix starting September 15.
The documentary chronicles the heart-wrenching journey of Thai Buddhist parents, who make an unconventional decision after the death of their baby daughter. Einz, a two-year-old toddler passed away in January 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, after battling brain cancer. Her parents had her body cryonically frozen in the hope that she can one day be revived and will fulfill her life in a new body.
Einz became the youngest person in the world to undergo this preservation procedure. Her remains are stored in an American lab, while her head and brain rest inside a tank in Arizona. The 79-minute documentary follows the family who made this unorthodox decision and includes a montage of the family's archival footage.
Einz's father, a laser scientist, yearns to give his deceased daughter the opportunity to experience a rebirth inside a regenerated body, He instills this dream within his son, a precocious 15-year-old named Matrix who also wants to play a role in the revival of his little sister. But what the boy later discovers will rattle the family's radical hope in science.
"It's been an emotional journey to cover Einz’s family on their biggest decision and dedication for their daughter. Witnessing the pivotal moments that the family went through was a privilege and a mind-expanding experience. Their story has led me to ask fundamental questions about life, faith, and love. It has touched me in so many ways. I'm so thrilled to share this experience with worldwide viewers on Netflix," said Pailin Wedel, the director and producer of 'Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice'.
"We are delighted to welcome 'Hope Frozen' to our growing slate of award-winning documentaries on Netflix. What makes this announcement extra special, is that the story comes from Thailand, and authentically crafted by Pailin and her team of talented Thai producers. We fully support Pailin’s vision with the creative freedom to express this unique story of unconditional love, which resonates universally," Adam Del Deo, Vice President of Original Documentary Features said in an official press statement.
The Netflix edition of 'Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice' will be available in 31 languages including dubbing in Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian, Latin Spanish, Polish, Spanish (Castilian), Thai and Turkish.
'Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice' is directed by journalist-filmmaker Pailin Wedel who followed the story of the family for the documentary. The film has been recognized with numerous international awards, including the Best International Feature Documentary at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2019. At San Antonio Independent Film Festival 2020, Pailin won Best Documentary Feature for her documentary from more than 900 films that were presented.
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