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Beyond Utopia

Beyond Utopia

Run Time: 2 hours 00 minutes
A suspenseful, riveting portrait of the lengths people will go to gain freedom, BEYOND UTOPIA follows various families as they attempt to flee North Korea, one of the most oppressive places on Earth, a land they grew up believing was a paradise. At the film’s core is a courageous pastor, a man of God on a mission to help a mother reunite with the child she was forced to leave behind, and a family of five — including small children and an elderly grandmother — embarking on a treacherous journey into the hostile mountains of China. Leaving their homeland is fraught with unimaginable danger — yet these individuals are driven to take the risk. Gripping, thrilling, and never more timely, Madeleine Gavin’s award-winning film embeds the viewer with these family members as they attempt their perilous escape, palpably conveying life-or-death stakes. The result is a singular, heart-pounding, and unforgettable experience. 
Beyond Utopia

Beyond Utopia

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“A real life geopolitical thriller.  It has to be seen to be believed.”


“Brings light into the darkness.”

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“A staggering achievement.”

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“Easily the most powerful and important doc I’ve seen this year.”

Brian Ivie, Director of “The Dropbox”

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