Wiebo's War

Genre:  Documentary, Drama
Running Time:  93 min.
Release Date: October 14, 2011 (limited)

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
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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.

Director: David York
Studio: National Film Board of Canada
Producer(s): Bonnie Thompson, David York
Screenplay: David York
Official Site: www.52media.ca/wieboswar

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  • 3 stars "Interesting to see other views on this man."
  • 3 stars "An interesting take on things."
  • 3 stars "Good story, eye opening, sympathetic to his beliefs. Given the same situation, probably couldn't fight for the same beliefs. Justifying at times and may seem like overkill but to watch the suffering around him, seems very understandable how it could get carried away."