Beyond Utopia film still
Beyond Utopia film still



Thursday, Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m.

Docs to Watch

Beyond Utopia

| 115 min.
Genre: Documentary

A suspenseful, riveting portrait of the lengths people will go to gain freedom, Beyond Utopia follows various individuals as they attempt to flee North Korea. At the film's core is a courageous pastor on a mission to help a mother reunite with the child she was forced to leave behind, and a family of five embarking on a treacherous journey into the hostile mountains of China. Gripping, thrilling, and never more timely, Madeleine Gavin's award-winning film embeds the viewer with the subjects as they attempt their perilous escape, palpably conveying life-or-death stakes.

Presented in English and Korean with English subtitles.

A Q&A with director Madeleine Gavin and producer Rachel Cohen immediately follows the screening. 


Madeleine Gavin


Jana Edelbaum

Rachel Cohen

Sue Mi Terry


Portrait of Madeleine Gavin

Madeleine Gavin has edited award-winning narrative and documentary films that have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, Berlinale, and Cannes, among others. Gavin directed and edited City of Joy, about a revolutionary center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently in production, her next film is about a group of octogenarians in New York City and their irascible, larger-than-life music coach.