Wiebo Ludwig (1941 – 2012)

CBC News reported “Anti-oilpatch activist Wiebo Ludwig dies at 70“. Wiebo Ludwig (1941 – 2012) is an misunderstood man. In 2011, I interviewed David York, director of the insightful NFB documentary Wiebo’s War to talk about Ludwig when the film screened at the Calgary International Film Festival. (see full article with more video here). Here is my interview with David York.

Note: I’ve reached out to try to interview David to talk about Ludwig, I was told he is declining interviews.

Here is Wiebo’s War (NFB synopsis and trailer),

This feature documentary focuses on Wiebo Ludwig, a 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 and blowing up wells. And when a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot on the family farm in 1999, Wiebo’s fight with the industry was thrust further into the media spotlight.

The Ludwig family are part of a Christian community that lives in close adherence to their religious values. The community is comprised of 5 married couples, 7 unmarried adult children and 38 grandchildren. They are self-sufficient in food and energy, but live in isolation and believe that those that don’t share their religious beliefs, like filmmaker David York, are living in terrible darkness.

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