DocPlay presents Beyond Utopia (Lumiere Cinemas)
DocPlay presents an exclusive in-cinema screening of Beyond Utopia. In this real-life thriller, a family of five attempt a dramatic journey from North Korea to freedom, painting a devastating portrait of life under an oppressive regime. Packed with hidden camera footage and remarkable testimony, director Madeleine Gavin’s award-winning documentary is consistently gripping and totally unforgettable.
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.
Shortlisted for the Best Documentary Academy Award (2024).
"An intimate, real-life geopolitical thriller.” – The Hollywood Reporter