'Genesis 2.0' Trailer: Sundance Doc Focuses on Efforts to Resurrect the Wooly Mammoth (Exclusive)

The film from Oscar nominee Christian Frei will premiere in the World Documentary section at this year's festival.

In what could easily be confused for the plot of a Jurassic Park spinoff, the new feature documentary Genesis 2.0 focuses on the efforts to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life.

The doc centers on two brothers — a tusk hunter and a geneticist — who are bent on resurrecting the mammoth after a group of tusk hunters on the remote New Siberian Islands discover a fairly well-preserved carcass. 

Genesis 2.0 was co-directed and produced by Swiss filmmaker Christian Frei, who received an Oscar nomination for his 2001 doc War Photographer. Co-director Maxim Arbugaev embed with the hunters for an entire season, and the first trailer sees hunters who search for the tusks of the animals who have been extinct for 10,000 years.

Also featured prominently in the doc is noted geneticist George Church, whose team at Harvard successfully modified elephant cells with DNA retrieved from a preserved mammoth.

Genesis 2.0 is set to have its world premiere this month at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Documentary section.

Watch the exclusive first trailer for the doc in the player above.

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