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Film on the 2002 Bombings is Banned in Bali
February 22nd, 2007

Bali’s Provincial Film Body has banned screenings of a film on the 2002 bombings because it could “reopen old wounds”, a provincial film board official said today.

Long Road to Heaven, produced by Nia Dinata, one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed directors, has been controversial because it examines the role of religion in the bombings.

The movie looks at the tragedy from different points of view, including those of a Balinese taxi driver who lost a relative in the blast, an American surfer searching for peace after the
September 11 attacks and Muslim militants who were blamed for the bombs.

“If this movie is allowed to be screened in Bali, we fear people who do not understand it would trigger conflict and direct hatred at a certain group,” said I Gusti Ngurah Gde, head of Bali’s provincial film body.

“If the Bali bombing tragedy is revived, this would reopen old wounds, especially among the victims,” he told reporters.

The movie was shown to Bali officials and relatives of bombing victims last week at the governor’s office.

“Almost all of us said we should reject the screening of this movie across Bali,” Gde said.



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