Beyond Utopia

Beyond Utopia

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.

- Synopsis provided by Fabric Origin


  • Madeleine Gavin


  • Alan Kingsberg
  • Alexia Blaze
  • Blaine Vess
  • Christopher Gebhardt
  • Cristina Ljungberg
  • Daewon Choi
  • David Fialkow
  • Dawn Bonder
  • Deukyun Hwang
  • Douglas Choi
  • Esther Vess
  • Geralyn White Dreyfous
  • Hannah Song
  • Janna Devinsky
  • Jeff Dye
  • Magda Gora
  • Marci Wiseman
  • Meadow Fund
  • Megan Gelstein
  • Michael Y. Chow
  • Nina Sing Fialkow
  • Rachel Cohen
  • Randy Gebhardt
  • Sharon Chang
  • Sue Mi Terry
  • Sue Turley
  • Thor Halvorssen
  • Victoria Steventon

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