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Legacy of North Korean film festival lives on
Critics say biennial film festival, which started in 1987 in Pyongyang, is government propaganda.
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 12:06

North Korea's late leader Kim Jong il was known for his love of films - among other things.
 
He even kidnapped one of South Korea's most famous directors to help establish a film industry. 

So it's perhaps no surprise that part of his legacy is a film festival, which has been held every two years since 1987. But critics say the event is being used as a propaganda to mask North Korea's brutal dictatorship. 
 
This year it's being studied closely for signs of change under the new leadership of Kim Jong-un.  

Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports.

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