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'Hope Frozen' Wins Thailand’s First International Emmy Awards for Best Documentary

'Hope Frozen' Wins Thailand’s First International Emmy Awards for Best Documentary

Hope Frozen: A Quest To Live Twice, the sole nominee from Thailand, made history on Monday in New York, winning Best Documentary at the 49th International Emmy Awards, and garnering the first ever Emmy for a program from Thailand.

The Thai documentary by Pailin Wedel emerged victorious against They Call Me Babu (Netherlands), Cercados [Sieged] (Brazil) and Toxic Beauty (Canada), and Pailin became the first Thai director to win one of the most coveted awards in the documentary circle. 

Photo credit: The International Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences.

Hope Frozen: A Quest To Live Twice features the Naovaratpong family who decided to cryonically freeze their two-year-old Matheryn, nicknamed “Einz”, following her death from brain cancer. They hope to give her an opportunity to live again in a regenerated body when technology becomes advanced enough. 

“I’d like to thank the Naovaratpong family for bravely telling their story, and my husband and family for supporting me. Thanks Netflix for bringing this special story to the whole planet. This is so unexpected. Thank you so much,” said Pailin as she virtually accepted the award. 

Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice was the first documentary feature by Pailin, a Thai-American journalist and filmmaker who is the founder of Bangkok-based 2050 Productions. Her work centers on themes of faith, trauma and the clash between East and West. 

The 49th International Emmy Awards featured 11 winning International Emmy programs and performances spanning 8 countries: France, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, PR China, Thailand, the UK and the US.

Wow Pongpanich

Head of Public Relations (Thailand)