FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a split-second decision, a 43-hour road trip, and an eye-opening experience in Ottawa, the crew at EagleVision Video Productions will be releasing a full-length documentary about the freedom convoy in October 2022 titled Unacceptable?.
Ben Haab with Eagle Vision says his team waited until the last-minute travel to the east coast and initially planned on only filming a five-minute feature.
“The information coming out [about the convoy] was snowballing. More trucks were being added. The footage that we were seeing, coming from some of the drivers we knew from Fort St. John, was hard to believe,” Haab recalled.
“Some of us from Eagle Vision were like this is a part of history we can’t miss. This is a movement that’s nationwide, regardless of its division between our citizens. It has to be covered. We have to experience it firsthand.”
Haab says his crew then drove 43 hours straight from Fort St. John to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to catch up with the convoy.
“We would drive, five to six hours, swap out to another driver, five to six hours and just rinse and repeat 24 hours a day,” Haab recollected.
Haab says from there, after witnessing inaccurate reports from both sides of the controversy prompted the crew to make a film that reflected what they were experiencing at the protest.
“We knew we just had to display what we were seeing ourselves in the best and most unbiased way possible,” Haab said.
“We had amazing support back from our community here in Fort St. John, who wanted to see something a little more balanced in the view. This was a great opportunity for us to turn it into a full feature film,” Haab continued.
Haab’s crew was labelled as an independent media outlet while at the protest, which gave them access to areas that other members of legacy or “mainstream” media weren’t.
“There was some animosity towards mainstream media, for sure. That also affected coverage too, of mainstream media, not having as free access as some of the independent media had,” Haab said.
Another Peace region resident headed to Ottawa with a similar plan to experience and document the convoy first hand.
A local podcaster Kevin Willeboordse, the host of Kevin Unscripted, says his journey was “nothing but positive.”
“I came in expecting a certain experience. In regards to the violence and all that other kind stuff, I’ve seen the exact opposite,” Willeboordse said.
Following a string of arrests as Ottawa police clear protesters out from in front of Parliament, many political leaders, including MLA Dan Davies, are calling for unity.
“I’ve never seen society so divided and so angry, and it saddens me. We need to start looking at ways that we can heal. We need to be starting again to focus on things that unite us, not divide us and move forward,” Davies said.
For Haab and his crew, they left Fort St. John on February 25th to tour parts of Canada, including Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Quebec, and Toronto, to get a reaction from individuals in the aftermath of the protest.
They are also looking to raise money to put towards travel and expenses for film crew members, interviews, and more.
For information on how to donate or more information about the project, click here.