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November 30, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm£7.50 – £9
A riveting, suspenseful portrait of the lengths people will go to gain freedom, Beyond Utopia follows families attempting to flee one of the most oppressive places on Earth, the land they grew up believing was a paradise: North Korea.
Leaving is fraught with danger. They face potential execution if caught, exploitation by unscrupulous brokers, and retribution for the family members they leave behind. But they are driven to take the risk – amongst them is a mother desperate to reunite with a child she was forced to leave behind.
Gripping, visceral, and urgent, Madeleine Gavin’s film embeds the viewer with these family members as they attempt an escape with life-or-death stakes. The result is an illuminating, pulse-pounding and unforgettable experience.
“An outstanding documentary” ★★★★ The Guardian