Beyond Utopia

Beyond Utopia is a compelling portrayal of people’s unwavering determination to gain the freedom they yearn for. This documentary chronicles the experiences of individuals who were raised believing that North Korea was a utopia, and now find themselves attempting to escape their homeland in order to survive. Any misstep could lead to severe punishment, or worse, execution.


Filmmaker Madeleine Gavin makes her debut in the documentary scene with this gripping narrative of life and death. Beyond Utopia has won the Audience Award at Sundance and has since garnered nominations for prestigious awards, including the BAFTA and the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.


Year: 2023
Runtime: 115′
Country: USA
Direction: Madeleine Gavin
Cinematography: Hyun Seok Kim
Genre: Documentary
Contact: Filmin

Wins & nominations

2023: Sundance Film Festival – Audience Award (U.S. Documentary)
2024: BAFTA Awards – Nominated for best documentary
2023: Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards – 4 nominations