Hope Frozen (2019)

 
 

It all started when…

A two-year-old girl from Bangkok — nicknamed “Einz” — becomes the youngest person in the world to undergo cryo-preservation. After her death from brain cancer, her family sends the girl’s body to an American lab. Her head and brain now rest in a cryonic tank in Arizona.

Hope Frozen follows the family who made this life-changing decision. The girl’s father, a Ph.D.-holding laser scientist, convinces his family that, who are Buddhist, they should invest their hopes in this controversial technology.

The father longs to help Einz experience rebirth inside a regenerated body but realizes that he will not live to see that happen. His oldest child — Matrix, a 15-year-old whiz kid — now has to fulfill this dream. The son travels to the U.S. to meet scientists on the verge of mind preservation breakthroughs. But what the boy discovers will test the family’s radical faith in science.

The film weaves personal footage of Einz’s life with observational scenes of the family following her death. It explores the technology that promises to preserve the human mind — and the emotional struggle of a family devoted to reviving their daughter at all costs.

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Awards

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE, Montevideo World Film Festival (2019), Uruguay

SHOWCASE, Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival (2019), Thailand

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY, RIFFA (2019), Canada: SELECTION

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY WINNER, HotDocs (2019), Canada

FUNDING AWARD WINNER, Whicker's World Foundation Awards (2017)

BEST ASIAN PITCH WINNER, Tokyo Docs (2017), Japan

BEST ASEAN PITCH, Asian Side of the Doc (2016), Hong Kong

SELECTED PROJECT WINNER, Crossing Borders (2016), Korea

 

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The project has won development support from: 

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