The Devil Came on Horseback

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Screens: Friday March 30th at 9:00 PM
special screening - not an official selection

Tags: Darfur-Sudan / Genocide/ Current Events/ Woman Director

DIRECTOR: Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern bio
Producer: Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern, Gretchen Wallace & Jane Wells
Cinematographer: Jerry Risius, Phil Cox, Tim Hetherington, William Rexer II, Annie Sundberg & John Keith Wasson
Music: Paul Brill
World Sales: Cinetic Media
Genre: Documentary
Length: 85 min.
Country of Production: USA
Year of Production: 2007
Languages: English


Using more than one thousand uncompromising & exclusive photographs taken by former US Marine Captain Brian Steidle during his role as a military observer with the African Union, The Devil Came on Horseback propels the viewer through the tragic impact of an Arab government bent on destroying its black African citizens. As an official military observer, Steidle had access to parts of the country that no journalist could penetrate. He was unprepared for what he would witness & experience, including being fired upon, taken hostage, & being unable to intervene to save the lives of young children.

Ultimately frustrated by the inaction of the international community, Steidle resigned & returned to the US to expose the images & stories of lives systematically destroyed. Haunted by what he has seen & the backlash against his advocacy efforts, Brian traveled to the refugee camps of Chad to reconnect with survivors of the violence he witnessed.

This compelling film bears witness to unmentionable atrocities while celebrating the courage of a refugee community desperately trying to survive & poses the question: Why has the West not taken more urgent action to stop genocide this time?


Sundance, 2007