Intertwining two nail-biting stories of dangerous escape attempts from North Korea, BEYOND UTOPIA shows us the reality of life in one of the most repressive totalitarian countries on Earth. Filmmaker Madeleine Gavin takes us on a harrowing journey, crosscutting between jaw-dropping cellphone video, and anguished cellphone audio, as she examines the high-stakes operation of an underground network that is the only hope of Koreans desperate to escape persecution and reunite with family. – Jaie Laplante 

The first screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Madeleine Gavin and producer Sue Mi Terry, subject Yongbok Woo, and associate producer Sunny Parker.

This film contains the following accessibility options for viewers:
Closed Captioning for in-person screenings at IFC Center and Village East by Angelika
Closed Captioning for online screenings

All in-person screening venues provide sound amplification headphones upon request with venue management. IFC Center can also provide a T-Coil loop for compatible devices.

Director: Madeleine Gavin
Executive Producer: Sharon Chang, Michael Y. Chow, Sue Turley, Randy Gebhardt & Chris Gebhardt, Thor Halvorssen, Victoria Steventon, Cristina Ljundberg, Nina and David Fialkow, Hyeonseo Lee, Hannah Song, Megan Gelstein, Douglas Choi, Geralyn Dreyfous, Meadow Fund, The Ginns Family, Burns Park Media, Dawn Bonder, Marci Wiseman, Blaine & Esther Vess, Alan Kingsberg, Beesham A. Seecharam, Peter Resnick, Christian Camargo
Producer: Jana Edelbaum, Rachel Cohen, Sue Mi Terry, Daewon Choi (Co-Producer), Janna Devinsky (Co-Producer)
Editor: Madeleine Gavin
Language: English, Korean
Country: United States of America
Year: 2023