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Bali bans movie about bomb attack
Production still from Long Road to Heaven
Long Road to Heaven tells the story from different points of view
The Indonesian island of Bali has banned a film about the 2002 bombings that killed more than 200 people.

An official from the provincial film board said Long Road to Heaven could "reopen old wounds".

It is Indonesia's first film about the atrocity and received its premiere in the capital Jakarta last month.

I Gusti Ngurah Gde, head of Bali's film board, said: "We fear people who do not understand it would trigger conflict and direct hatred at a certain group."

Backlash concerns

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.

Also portrayed are an American surfer searching for peace after the 9/11 attacks and Muslim militants who were blamed for the bombs.

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

Mr Gde said: "If the Bali bombing tragedy is revived, this would reopen old wounds, especially among the victims.

"Almost all of us said we should reject the screening of this movie across Bali."


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