North Korea Documentary Beyond Utopia Caused Security Concerns at 2023 Sundance

Among the numerous new films that premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, one in particular caused a stir that people likely did not expect. A new documentary film directed by Madeleine Gavin titled Beyond Utopia gives a new, chilling look via illegally smuggled footage at the ever-decadent conditions inside the totalitarian dictatorship of North Korea. Not only that, but the film personally approaches various defectors from North Korea, including five members of the Roh family who were supposedly the last known natives to have escaped the country just before it closed its borders to China in 2020 during the pandemic.



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