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Beyond Utopia

Directed by Madeleine Gavin
United States
115 minutes
A family of five attempt a dramatic journey from North Korea to freedom, painting a devastating portrait of life under an oppressive regime. Audience Award winner, SFF & Sundance 2023.
South Korean Pastor Seungeun Kim uses an underground network to rescue North Korean defectors who’ve make the hazardous trip across the Yalu River into China. Time is of the essence – if the Chinese authorities find them, they will be returned to face severe punishment. When the pastor hears of a family, including two children and a grandparent, in hiding he rushes to help. The family embarks on a treacherous journey wherein their understanding of the West is consistently challenged, revealing much about their repressive homeland. Director Madeleine Gavin’s prize-winning documentary, packed with hidden camera footage, is consistently gripping and totally unforgettable.
This is a film you haven’t seen before from a place you’ll never visit, a first-class example of bravery and reportage melding into a filmed testament. It’s not just that it’s nail-biting. The unease lingers long after viewing, though, for every person associated with it.
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Sun 25 Feb
BCC Cinemas Casuarina Darwin
Past Event Cancel
United States
In English and Korean with English subtitles
Madeleine Gavin
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