The Zimov Hypothesis
Back to the Ice Age
Running Time: 52'/90'
/ Format: HD
/ Available versions: FR | UK
Waiting for the mammoth...
Past the Arctic circle, in deepest Siberia, two Russian scientists, Serguei Zimov and his son Nikita, are conducting a unique experiment: turning back time and going back to the Ice Age to save the world from imminent environmental disaster. According to the Zimov's hypothesis, a large scale reintroduction of herbivores would stop the permafrost melting and the resulting environmental catastrophe. Could the mammoth's return to Siberia save humanity? This is the story of a scientific and philosophic quest at the end of the world. For all scientists agree on at least one thing: that the melting permafrost is one of the most dangerous and serious environmental catastrophes to come. This frozen layer under the earth's surface incubates millions of tons of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Just a few degrees warmer, and the fragile permafrost will set off a climate bomb. Sergey Zimov claims he has found a way to counter this threat.
A film by Denis Sneguirev
Produced by: Arturo Mio, 13 productions, Ethnofund & Takefive
French broadcaster: Arte, Ushuaïa TV
International sales: CLPB Rights
FIPADOC (2022) - Panorama of Francophone Creation
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (2022) - Official selection