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A Detour on the Long Road to Heaven

Indonesian Feature Film Surrounding the October 12, 2002 Bombing Gets Thumbs-Down from Local Sensors and the People of Bali.

(2/24/2007) The Bali Film Board has ruled that an Indonesian-made feature film "”Long Road to Heaven" depicting the events surrounding the October 12, 2002, bombing attack on Bali night spots cannot be shown or sold in Bali.

In taking the decision the Film Board determined that the film might wound the feelings of the people of Bali still traumatized by the terrorist attack that killed 202 people and injured scores of others. It was also determined that the film, although readily available outside of Bali, was counter-productive to efforts to rebuild the Island's tourism.

The decision was taken after showing the film to local community leaders and holding hearings on the subject at which members of Bali society and government officials were allowed to express their views on the film.

According to press reports, local opinion was almost uniformly opposed to allowing the film to be shown in Bali.

The film, produced by Indonesian film-maker Nia Dinata, explores the events leading up to the 2002 bombing without glorifying the perpetrators of the outrage. Nia, who attended the hearings in Bali, accepted the decision to ban the film locally, saying she is able to empathize with the trauma still felt by the people of Bali.