18 August 2020
An Award-Winning Documentary Feature from Thailand Probes Beneath and Beyond the Borderline of Technology and Humanity
BANGKOK, 19 August, 2020 — Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment service, announces the global release of Hope Frozen: A Quest To Live Twice. The award-winning documentary feature from Thailand directed by journalist-filmmaker Pailin Wedel, will be available on service starting September 15.
This documentary film takes the audience to a heart-rending journey with Thai Buddhist parents who decide to have Einz, their two-year-old daughter cryonically frozen on the day she passed away from brain cancer. Einz becomes the world’s youngest person to undergo cryo-preservation.
“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, Director and Producer.
“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,” said Adam Del Deo, Vice President of Original Documentary Features.
Hope Frozen directed by Pailin Wedel has been recognized with numerous international awards. Her documentary won 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.
The Netflix edition of Hope Frozen will reveal unseen footage of Einz’s family archive. The documentary feature will be available in 31 languages including dubbing in Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian, Latin Spanish, Polish, Spanish (Castilian), Thai and Turkish.
About Hope Frozen
A two-year-old girl from Bangkok — nicknamed “Einz” — became the youngest person in the world to undergo cryo-preservation. After her death from brain cancer, her family stores her remains in an American lab. Her head and brain now rest inside a tank in Arizona. Hope Frozen follows the family who made this unorthodox decision. The girl’s father, a laser scientist, yearns to give Einz the opportunity to experience a rebirth inside a regenerated body. He instills this dream inside his son, a 15-year-old whiz kid named Matrix, who wants to be a part of reviving his little sister. But what the boy later discovers will rattle the family's radical hope in science.
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