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Catalogue Number:  NFB555523
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producing Agencies:  52 Media Inc. (Toronto),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Business Studies, Canadian History, Civics, Diversity, Religious Studies, Social Issues, Violence
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2010
Running Time:  52m


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Wiebo's War tells the story of a Christian community
at war with the oil and gas industry.



Wiebo Ludwig is the prime suspect in a recent string of pipeline
bombings. The bombings echo a campaign of sabotage he waged against the oil
and gas industry in the 90s – barricading roads, blowing up wells and
culminating in the unsolved death of a sixteen-year-old girl on his family's
farm.



The Ludwig family lives in northern Alberta, in the heart of Canada's
oil patch. They came twenty-five years ago, wanting to live in more closely in
accordance with their Christian beliefs, according to Scripture. They built
their community in the wilderness with their own hands, not knowing that it
lay on top of one of the largest undeveloped fields of natural gas on the
continent. Other people take whatever buyout is on offer and make
accommodation with the oil and gas industry. Wiebo and his family – after
years of trying to deal with the industry, politicians and the media - went to
war.



The community is self-sufficient in food and electricity, but isolated.
Apart from Wiebo and his wife Mamie, there are five married couples, seven
unmarried adults and thirty-eight grandchildren, many entering their teenaged
years. They are security conscious, aware that they are being watched, open to
the outside world, but guarded.



And they believe that those who don't share their beliefs, like
filmmaker David York, are living in terrible darkness.





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