Beyond Utopia


ByTowne Cinema Wed, Dec 6, 2023 6:30 PM
ByTowne Cinema Thu, Dec 7, 2023 4:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2023
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Madeleine Gavin
Cast:Barbara Demick
Sung-eun Kim
Hyeonseo Lee
So-yeon Lee
Kim Jong-un


They grew up believing their land was paradise. Now, they risk everything to escape it.

Imagine growing up indoctrinated to believe a false glorious history of your country, and the entire population has been brainwashed to accept it, with no access to foreign or independent media, and no cellular or digital contact with the outside world. This remains the plight of the people of North Korea.

Winner of the Documentary Audience Award at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, it is a suspenseful look at the lengths people will go to gain freedom, BEYOND UTOPIA embeds with a courageous pastor as he works tirelessly to guide various individuals attempting to flee one of the most oppressive places on Earth: North Korea.