Wiebo's War

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Documentary filmmaker David York examines the explosive conflict between Reverend Wiebo Ludwig - the leader of an Alberta-based religious community that has turned its back on modern society - and the big oil companies that seek to exploit the massive natural gas field that was discovered on Reverend Ludwig's land. Twenty-five years ago, Reverend Ludwig and his followers retreated to Trickle Creek to practice their faith on their own terms. But they couldn't escape progress, because when the oil companies discover an undeveloped gas field right under the community, their buyout offer is flatly rejected. Meanwhile, the government remains unresponsive to Reverend Ludwig's claim that sour gas wells have caused miscarriages in animals and humans, as well as a host of other health and safety issues. When someone begins bombing the gas lines, big oil attempts to paint Reverend Ludwig and his followers as eco-terrorists, citing their fierce resistance to the oil industry in their region 10 years prior. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Wiebo's War

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  • The documentary shows Ludwig's strong clarity of thought, which nevertheless remains somewhat enigmatic to the listener.

    Oct 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This documentary reaches beyond the headlines to find some credible sympathy for Ludwig. His self-sufficient farm is impressive, and so is his family.

    Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Whatever it is that Ludwig is guilty of, Wiebo's War does place you into his world, and makes one question what one's own response would be to profound provocation.

    Oct 14, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Wiebo's War

  • Jan 18, 2012
    Biopic of ecoterrorist Ludwig Wiebo. What is particularly interesting is the take of the politicians on Wiebo's actions and how they successfully slant the media in a particular direction. The fact of the matter is that his grand acts are not beyond the realm of possibility for any individual encountering the horrors of what befell his family.
    John B Super Reviewer

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