Teaser for the feature documentary by Rick Minnich.
Synopsis: George and Joe are on a mission to connect the USA and Russia across the Bering Strait. For the past thirty years, 77-year-old retired tunnel engineer George Koumal and his jovial sidekick, 86-year-old Alaskan lawyer Joe Henri, have been promoting their 100-km tunnel and Intercontinental Railway, which would revolutionise global transportation and provide the vital infrastructure for tapping the Arctic’s vast natural resources. The challenges are daunting: ongoing economic and political tensions, 5000 km of missing tracks, and a $100 billion price tag.
But help is on the way. 58-year-old transportation consultant Scott Spencer from Delaware promises to carry George and Joe’s vision into the future. But can the enthusiastic fan be trusted? When Joe is forced to stay home to care for his family, Scott is put to the test. He and George embark on an epic journey to the Bering Strait and Russia to visit the locations where the Intercontinental Railway is to one day be built and to lobby for its construction. As they present their vision to the locals, they are confronted by the harsh reality of life in the Arctic and a baffled population who are not all thrilled at the prospect of having a railroad and tunnel in their backyard. But George and Scott are not easily discouraged. In Russia, their longtime partner Victor Razbegin introduces them to key allies in the Russian parliament and railroad. Together the three travel to Yakutsk in eastern Siberia to see where the Russians are already extending their rail lines to the Bering Strait. But will the USA ever agree to constructing a tunnel from Alaska across to the country’s eternal friend and foe Russia?
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