France, 2021, 52mn 
The Zimov Hypothesis
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Гипотеза Зимова


 L’Hypothèse de Zimov

 Hipoteza Zimova

Other titles : Retour à l’âge de glace, l’hypothèse de Zimov
Directed by : Denis SNEGIREV (Денис СНЕГИРЕВ)
Writing credits : Denis SNEGIREV (Денис СНЕГИРЕВ)
Site : Site officiel

Plot synopsis
The breathtaking, eternally frozen Siberian landscape is in mortal danger: the thawing soil is releasing huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, propelling the warming of the planet. Russian geophysicist Sergei Zimov has devoted his life to a large-scale scientific project. He believes that the only way to prevent a catastrophic scenario is to return the Siberian ecosystem to the way it was when permafrost originated. To put his hypothesis into practice, he has created a nature reserve – the Pleistocene Park – covering several hundred square kilometres. Together with his son, he is attempting to restore the population of horses, reindeer, bison and other large herbivores, to imitate the conditions that prevailed here a million years ago, when Siberia was ruled by megafauna. Denis Sneguirev’s film captures the lonely, demanding and often dangerous lives of both men who – hidden from public view – are fighting to save the world.

Commentaries and bibliography
L’hypothèse de Zimov : ou le combat d’un homme et son fils pour le climat, Anne SCHIFFMANN,, 2021
Sauver le permafrost pour sauver la planète, Thomas DEPICKER,, 2021

Selected in the following festivals :
- "Jeden Svët" International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World, Prague (Czech Republic), 2022

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