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Devil Came on Horseback

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An up-close, honest, and uncompromising look at the crisis in Darfur, The Devil Came on Horseback exposes this on-going tragedy as seen through the eyes of a 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 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.

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Studio New Video Group
SKU 205148237
UPC 767685101988
UPC 14 00767685101988
Format DVD
Release Date 10/30/2007
Actors
Name Steidle,Brian
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Cast & Crew
Anne Sundberg - Director
Anne Sundberg - Writer
Brian Steidle - Featuring
Joey Grossfield - Editor
Omar Amanat - Executive Producer
Paul Brill - Original Music By
Phil Cox, et. al. - Cinematographer
Ricki Stern - Writer
Ricki Stern - Director
Ted Greenberg - Producer
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ReviewSource Variety
Review While the point of view of privileged, Anglo observers on African issues usually raises hackles, such is not the case with "The Devil Came on Horseback," a tense account of former Marine Capt. Brian Steidle's witnessing of the genocide in Sudan's western province of Darfur. Since Steidle, armed only with his camera, became an unexpected recorder of ethnic cleansing, his work is uniquely suited to the purposes of documakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern...Steidle is seen travelling with his sister to Darfur refugee camps in eastern Chad. A visit to Rwanda during the 10th anniversary commemoration of its own genocide brings the former jarhead to tears, capping a remarkably emotional adventure...Pic keeps visual dazzle to a minimum, and applies subtle techniques to provide a needed background to current events (for instance, Steidle reading aloud his various emails to sister Gretchen and mock-radio announcers reporting on the situation). The only glitch in the film's design is Paul Brill's too-polished score. Vid lensing by Sundberg's and Stern's team of cinematographers (including Sundberg herself) serves the story, and a lack of talking heads is a real blessing.
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Reviewer Robert Koehler
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review The persuasive documentary The Devil Came On Horseback contains dozens of photographs that testify to this tragedy, yet the apathy pierces hardest of all. These images and reports have stirred consciences without quite stirring decisive action, and an earnest indie doc like this one seems like another cry in the wilderness...By following Steidle's journey from archetypal military man to out-and-out activist for the Save Darfur cause, The Devil Came On Horseback finds a solid through-line for its drum-beating agitprop. Here's a man whose military roots stretch all the way back to the Revolutionary War, but who can't abide his country's failure to protect Sudan's African citizenry. Though his photographs have more range than a gun could, Steidle's status as a witness rather than a participant frustrates him endlessly--not unlike an international community that sees what's happening but doesn't do enough about it. Directors Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern (The Trials Of Darryl Hunt) tell Steidle's story with a no-frills clarity that gains in urgency what it might lack in formal distinction. After all, it's important to get the information out there, even if it's greeted with a shrug.
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Reviewer Scott Tobias
ReviewRating 9
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Actor Steidle,Brian
Label New Video Group
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter An unnervingly powerful picture of atrocity.
Los Angeles Times Like a true-life Syriana.
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times Brutal, urgent, devastating...The Devil Came on Horseback demands to be seen as soon as possible and by as many viewers as possible.
Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times An outstanding film. It's superb, period.
Steve Winn, San Francisco Chronicle An exceptionally powerful film driven by contradictory forces.

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