Something big is coming. Bigger than a mammoth. Much bigger.
The film observes the harsh and dangerous life of so-called mammoth hunters on the remote New Siberian Islands in the far north of Siberia. The archaic landscape in which these people are looking for the tusks of extinct mammoths looks like primordial earth. There is a kind of gold rush fever in the air, because the prices for this white gold have never been so high. But the thawing permafrost unveils more than just precious ivory. Sometimes the hunters find an almost completely preserved mammoth carcass with fur, liquid blood and muscle tissue on which arctic foxes gnaw.
Such finds are magnets for high-tech Russian and South Korean clone researchers in search of mammoth cells with the greatest possible degree of intact DNA. Their mission could be part of a science-fiction plot. They want to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life à la “Jurassic Park”, and resurrect it as a species. And that’s just the beginning. Worldwide, biologists are working on re-inventing life. They want to learn the language of nature and create life following the Lego principle. The goal of synthetic biology is to produce complete artificial biological systems. Man becomes the Creator.
The resurrection of the mammoth is a first track and manifestation of this next great technological revolution. An exercise. A multi-million dollar game. The new technology may turn the world as we know it completely on its head ... and all of this has its origin in the unstoppably thawing permafrost at the extreme edge of Siberia.
Genesis two point zero.
Born and raised in the Siberian Republic of Yakutia, Peter Grigoriev grew up in Kazachye, a small village mainly inhabited by mammoth tusk hunters. After attending the History and Law faculty of the Yakutian State University for some time he turned into a professional mammoth tusk hunter. For years now, he is experiencing the challenges of the quest for the white gold on all four islands of the New Siberian Archipelago.
Peter’s brother Semyon Grigoriev is an Indiana Jones-like paleontologist and head of the Mammoth Museum at the North Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk. The Yakutian permafrost is a huge evolutionary fridge. In the cool stores of the laboratories of his museum, he pursues the resurrection of the woolly mammoth, joined by his wife and researcher Lena Grigorieva.
Born in the small Russian village of Tumat, behind the Arctic Circle, Spira Sleptsov had to leave the village due to unemployment. After arriving in Pokrovsk City, the father of two kids found work as a stoker in a cogeneration plant. Following the call of his former classmate Vlad in spring 2015 and encouraged by his father, he dared to join the mammoth tusk hunters. Facing the harsh conditions of the remote New Siberian Islands for the first time in his life
American geneticist George Church, professor at Harvard Medical School, had an epiphany determining his career path when he attended the International World’s Fair at the age of ten. Fascinated by science and engineering he wants to create the future. He dedicates his life to research and is one of the sanguine visionaries in the field of synthetic biology.
Korea-born Woo Suk Hwang became a national hero in 2005 and shortly after experienced a ruthless downfall in his career when his stem cell research was deemed as fraud. Imperturbable and with help from supporters, he cleared all widespread beliefs of the end of his career by launching Sooam Biotech. To date Sooam cloned over 900 dogs and is the only commercial animal cloning factory of such a scale worldwide.