A politician and actor from Ouvea says the French feature film Rebellion will help the reconciliation in New Caledonia.
Mathias Waneux made the comment after the territory's only cinema operator announced that he wouldn't screen the film as not to reopen old wounds.
The movie by Mathieu Kassovitz is based on a book about the fatal 1988 Ouvea hostage drama which left six police and 19 Kanaks dead.
Mr Waneux says the movie serves to remember and helps with the reconciliation process.
He says the film, which is to be released in France in three weeks, was shown to the French high commissioner in Noumea and police commanders whose response has been positive.
The deputy leader of the Human Rights League has labelled the cinema owner's restriction a scandal.