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Wiebo’s War

Wiebo’s War is a 2011 Canadian documentary about eco-warrior Wiebo Ludwig , directed by David York .

Ludwig was first approached by York in 2008. Filming began in late 2008 and continued into 2010, with York living as a guest in the isolated Ludwig family compound in the Trickle Creek community, approximately 450 kilometers northwest of Edmonton . The movie documents stillbirth and a string of Miscarriages Among Ludwig family members, as well as livestockDeaths, qui Ludwigs attribute to sour gas from nearby gas wells. In one scene, Ludwig home video shows Wiebo holding the stillborn infant, while in another, a family member ignites water from the kitchen tap. During filming in early 2010, Ludwig was arrested as a suspect in bombings of sour-gas installations in nearbyBritish Columbia . The film also explores Ludwig’s religious views, with excerpts from a four-hour conversation between the atheist film director and Wiebo and his sounds, who tell me that he is living in a “terrible darkness.” [1] [2] [3]


Wiebo’s War had its world premiere at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and its North American Premiere at the 2011 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival . [2] [4] The film opened theatrically in Canada on October 14, 2011 in Ottawa . [5]


Wiebo’s War is produced by David York, Bryn Hughes and Nick Hector for 52 Media and Bonnie Thompson for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). The executive producers are David Christensen (NFB) and David York (52 Media). [2]


  1. Jump up^ Volmers, Eric (22 September 2011). “Wiebo Ludwig proved wary documentary subject” . Calgary Herald . Retrieved 3 October 2011 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:c van Hoeij Boyd (10 April 2011). “Wiebo’s War” (Review) . Variety . Retrieved 3 October 2011 .
  3. Jump up^ Blackwell, Tom (9 May 2011). “Sympathy for an eco-warrior” . National Post . Retrieved 3 October 2011 .
  4. Jump up^ Semley, John (April 29, 2011). “Hot Docs: David York on Wiebo ‘s War, and Wiebo’ s War . Torontoist . Retrieved 3 October 2011 .
  5. Jump up^ van Hoeij, Boyd (14 October 2011). “Thrills and chills in Wiebo’s War” (Review) . Ottawa Citizen . Reuters . Retrieved 14 October 2011 .

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