Bangkok: Netflix has announced the global release of Hope frozen: A quest to live twice. The award-winning documentary from Thailand, directed by journalist-filmmaker Pailin Wedel, will be streamed from 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 producer-director Pailin Wedel.
“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 has bagged numerous international awards, such as the best international feature documentary at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2019, and San Antonio Independent Film Festival 2020.
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.
A heart-rending story
Hope Frozen tells the story of a two-year-old girl from Bangkok — nicknamed “Einz” — who 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.