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An up-close, honest, and uncompromising look at the crisis in Darfur, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK exposes the ongoing tragedy in Sudan as seen through the eyes of one American witness.
Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, the film goes on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where in 2004, Steidle became witness to a genocide that to-date has claimed over 400,000 lives. As an official military observer, Steidle had access to parts of the country that no journalist could penetrate. Unprepared for what he would witness and experience, Steidle returned to the U.S. armed with his photographs, intent on exposing the images and stories of lives systematically destroyed.
A 2007 world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, this astonishingly propulsive and dramatic film from award-winning filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern (The Trials of Darryl Hunt), is a heartfelt account of what this particular American witness saw and, just as important, what he did afterward.
DVD Features: Bonus Short Film: Supporting Survivors; Take Action Save Darfur: How to Help
The Devil Came on Horseback presents a first-person account of the genocide in Darfur. Former Marine Captain Brian Steidle joined the African Union in 2004 to help monitor the cease-fire in Sudan. As he puts it, "All I had was a camera, a pen, and paper. I was totally unprepared for what I'd see." An unarmed military civilian, he describes his observations, via voice-over and audio recordings, as filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern alternate between their contemporary footage and his images of slaughtered civilians and incinerated villages. When his contract ends, Steidle leaves in disillusionment. He wrote his reports and took his pictures, but nothing changed. Since reporters lacked the same degree of access, he goes to The New York Times, and they publish his photographs. The soldier-turned-activist proceeds to spread the word everywhere he can. Aside from Steidle, the film features his sister Gretchen Wallace, founder of Global Grassroots (an organization working with female victims in Sudan and Rwanda), and Senator Barack Obama, who has also made Darfur his personal mission. The title comes from a loose translation of janjaweed, the government-backed Arab militias behind the atrocities to which Steidle bore witness. (Steidle and his sister use the same title for the book they wrote together.) As in their previous documentary, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, Sundberg and Stern maintain a measured tone, but their subject's horrifying images speak for themselves. The Devil Came on Horseback is accompanied by Wallace's Supporting Survivors, a short film about Global Grassroots. --Kathleen C. FennessySee all Editorial Reviews
I am an armchair historian of sorts. I watch an average of 100 documentaries a year. I read at least 30 or 40 non-fiction books a year and most of my fiction reading is... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tell Me A Story
I was completely stunned after viewing "The Devil came on Horseback."Published 11 months ago by Addie R. Marrow
We should know about this. It is happening every day in Southern Sudan right now. We must be informed and encourage our government to help.Published 18 months ago by Anne Worth
Loved it stories that you never hear or know about until someone bold enough makes a stand a stand for change seeing humans killing humans doesn't matter race or color it shouldn't... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Katie
The Tim Heatherington books have led me to this dvd . . . which should be on the Must-See list for all of us privileged ones. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Micole D.
Heartbreaking and gripping, this film serves as a wake up call for all civilized humanity. It serves as a testament to the suffering and cruelty that is taking place in this world. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Sinead Summer
I bought this to show to my high school digital photography class but I ended up not showing it becasue it is a little graphic. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Leigh
We all hear about the Sudan, but this award winning film really shows a first person experience, some very graphic, about exactly what goes on, went on, in the Sudan. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Colorado
This movie is incredible. I wish EVERYONE would watch it. It is out of date now (of course) and the circumstances it covers have changed by now (somewhat) - but still - it is a... Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by Steve Robert