Digital streaming giant Netflix has carved out a September premiere date for Thai-American filmmaker Pailin Wedel’s feature-length documentary Hope Frozen.
Funded by Chinese youth-skewing online platform Bilibili, the 75-minute indie film charts the journey of a Thai doctor and scientist whose family has chosen to cryogenically freeze their dying two-year-old daughter in the hope that science will one day bring her back to life.
Hope Frozen, which world premiered at the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest,further explores the technology of cryonics, which promises to preserve the human mind, while also following the family’s teenage son as he undertakes a journey to discover whether science can ever revive his young sister.
Since its festival premiere, the doc has been recognized with numerous international awards, including best international feature documentary at Hot Docs 2019 and best documentary feature at the 2020 San Antonio Independent Film Festival. It was an official selection at the 2019 BFI London Film Festival.
Hope Frozen will launch globally Sept. 15 across Netflix in 31 languages, and on Bilibili in China on the same day.
Bilibili has previously coproduced a number of documentaries, including The Hidden Kingdoms of China with National Geographic, The Deep Med with France’s ARTE, and A Song for Love: An Ape with an App by Terra Mater Factual Studios and Colorful Nature.