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North Korean film to screen at Busan event for the first time in decades, alongside Afghan treasures hidden from the Taliban

A South Korean film festival that is among Asia's showcase cinematic events will screen a North Korean film for the first time in almost a decade as well as six classic Afghan movies that were hidden in a wall to save them from the Taliban.

The Busan international film festival, a glitzy, nine-day affair that opens on Thursday, has become a way for Asian nations such as China and especially South Korea to highlight their rise in world popular culture.

This year's festival will even take a break from film for a performance by the South Korean rapper Psy, who galloped to global fame with his song Gangnam Style.

But films from two nations not normally on the radar of regional cinephiles are also drawing attention.

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