Beyond Utopia

Beyond Utopia

United States / 115 min / 2023

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Both individuals and entire families want to escape from North Korea. Pastor Kim has dedicated his life to God and refugees, whom he tries to assist on their treacherous journey across a wild river, inhospitable Chinese mountains and the Vietnamese jungle.

About the Film

North Korea is completely cut off from its surroundings. No form of freedom exists here. The phone never stops ringing for Pastor Kim, who helps refugees. From his home in South Korea, he and his network of smugglers organise escapes from the neighbouring country. The film focuses on the story of a mother who is trying to reunite with her son, and a family of five who want a better future for their children. However, successfully crossing the border with China is only the beginning of an arduous journey full of military patrols and farmers who make money from reporting refugees. In the end, there are no options other than death in a gulag – or waking up in a new world.

Directed By: 

Madeleine Gavin

Country of Origin: 

United States


2023, 115 min


115 min


Czech, English


English friendly


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