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Update: "Beyond Utopia" inspires audiences in Maine + other updates

The RandomGood and Beyond Utopia team just returned from an inspiring week at the Camden International Film Festival.

BEYOND UTOPIA kicked off the Camden FIlm Festival in Maine with TWO screenings followed by thought-provoking panels with the filmmakers and protagonists of the film Pastor Kim and Soyeon Lee, who shared her story of escaping the country and heartbreaking attempt to be reunited with her son.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the screenings and shared with us how moved you were by this powerful film.

We can't wait to share this film with more audiences in the weeks ahead. Next up: Woodstock Film Festival in New York where the film will screen:

* Fri, Sep 29th, 4:30 PM @ Bearsville Theater

* Sat, Sep 30th, 1:30 PM @ Rosendale Theatre (Find tickets and more info for the New York premiere here).

And then next month the film will screen at Hamptons Film Festival on:

* Mon, Oct 9th, 2:15 PM @ East Hampton Regal UA (Find tickets and more info here).

This Sundance Audience Award winning documentary will also be exclusively in theaters October 23 and 24. Find a theater and showtime near you here.

In 'Beyond Utopia', filmmaker Madeleine Gavin offers a suspenseful look into the lived experience of fleeing North Korea. We meet a mother desperate to reunite with the child she was forced to leave behind; a family of five — including small children and an elderly grandmother — embarking on a treacherous journey across the Yalu River and into the hostile mountains of China; and a man of God on a mission to help vulnerable people, at the risk of his own safety.

By embarking on this journey, they risk severe punishment and possible execution - all to abandon a paradise they’ve believed in their whole lives.

This gripping, visceral, and urgent film embeds the viewer with these families as they attempt their perilous escapes. This doc is a singular, illuminating, and unforgettable cinematic experience.

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