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Director: Madeleine Gavin
Run Time: 115 min.
Release Year: 2023
Starring: Barbara Demick, Hyeonseo Lee, Kim Jong-un, So-yeon Lee, Sung-eun Kim
A suspenseful, riveting portrait of the lengths people will go to gain freedom, BEYOND UTOPIA offers an unprecedented glimpse of life inside North Korea, one of the most oppressive places on Earth, following various families as they attempt to flee. At the film’s core is a courageous pastor—a man of God 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. Madeleine Gavin’s award-winning, emotionally gripping film embeds the viewer with its brave subjects as they attempt their perilous defection in pursuit of liberation. The result is a singular, heart-pounding and unforgettable experience—a humanitarian story punctuated with astonishing hidden footage. In English and Korean with English subtitles.
Post-Film Discussion with Filmmakers Madeleine Gavin, Sue Mi Terry and Rachel Cohen, moderated by Natalia Winkelman.
Brattle Passes not accepted.
GlobeDocs Film Festival
Presented by The Boston Globe
Wed, Oct 25 – Sun, Oct 29
Fri, Oct 27 – Sun, Oct 29 at The Brattle
The 9th annual GlobeDocs Film Festival returns with area premieres of documentary features and shorts from award-winning filmmakers including Roger Ross Williams (The Apollo), Lisa Cortés (Little Richard: I Am Everything), and Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Whitney: Can I Be Me), as well as exciting new work from Boston-area talent. Produced by The Boston Globe, festival screenings include Q&As with Globe journalists.