Running Time: 93 min.
Release Date: October 14, 2011 (limited)
WIEBO'S WAR tells the story of a man's epic battle with the oil and gas industry.
In the 1990s, natural gas wells were drilled near the home of Reverend Wiebo Ludwig and his clan in Alberta. Soon after, livestock began to die, and the Christian community started experiencing health problems, including a series of miscarriages. After five years of being ignored by the oil and gas industry, Ludwig decided to fight for his land and his family's survival. A campaign of barricaded roads and blown-up wells eventually resulted in Wiebo Ludwig’s arrest and conviction.
In 1999, a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot on the family farm, and this unsolved tragedy thrust Ludwig's fight with the industry further into the media spotlight. Almost a decade later, in an incident seemingly unrelated to Ludwig, a pipeline explodes in nearby BC, and the issues with the oil and gas industry remain unresolved.
Studio: National Film Board of Canada
Producer(s): Bonnie Thompson, David York
Screenplay: David York
Official Site: www.52media.ca/wieboswar