It’s almost indecently gripping, filmed as it happens and assembled...with a consummate sense of structural rhythm and emotional power. A standout.
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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.
Documentary, Fascism, Faith, Women and Film
Winner, Audience Award ~ Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Nominee, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary, Directors Guild of America
NoHo 7 11.03.23 - 11.09.23
Town Center 5 11.03.23 - 11.09.23
Monica Film Center 11.03.23 - 11.09.23
Glendale 1.06.24 - 1.15.24