The Devil Came on Horseback
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The Devil Came on Horseback
In late 2006, former U.S. Marine captain Brian Steidle traveled to Darfur, Sudan, with the African Union peacekeeping force -- and found his life and perspective on the world forever changed. Devastated and racked with horror by the Janjaweed-driven genocide in the western region of the country (which has claimed 400,000 lives), Steidle set out to work against these atrocities -- atrocities systematically denied and publicly buried by the corrupt Sudanese government. Despite his initial hesitancies, Steidle ultimately agreed to plunge headfirst into the conflict -- and to work toward achieving… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg chronicle his burgeoning activism in the face of the U.S. government's indifference as the government of Sudan works systematically to eradicate black Africans from the region."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"On all counts, the co-directors of this persuasive documentary set the right tone."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"This documentary stares truth in the face in more ways than one."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The Devil Came On Horseback sets out to shock. The images caught by Steidle's camera will stay with you long after his personal story - given too much time in relation to events - has faded from memory."
‑ Matt McNally, BBC
"Powerful, impressively directed and desperately moving documentary that highlights one of the world's most vicious injustices and the shocking refusal of Western governments to do anything about it."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The gripping documentary The Devil Came on Horseback traces the change of heart that compelled Steidle to break military discipline in 2005 and offer his secret photographic evidence of Sudan's vicious ethnic cleansing to the New York Times."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A dynamic, shockingly graphic story of the horrors of Darfur."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"To balance the chilling reality of the powerful having their unabated way with the miserably weak, the faces of carefree children mugging into the camera is a welcome balm on the wounds of systemic depravity."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Steidle's documentary evidence - shot where no journalist can set foot - makes for grim viewing."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"This documentary tells us two things. It's very bad in the Darfur region of the Sudan and the U.S. isn't doing a damned thing to stop the genocide there."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The Devil Came on Horseback is a documentary account of Steidle's ongoing efforts to educate the world about the violence he witnessed as an unarmed military observer for the African Union in 2004."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"With an estimated 400,000 dead since 2003, and 2.5 million Sudanese left homeless in the wake of the genocide, ignoring the story doesn't seem like a humane option."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Clumsy filmmaking and political analysis do not detract from the horror of the events the film bears witness too, nor the importance of its message."
‑ Sam Jordison, Film4
"A decent attempt at outling the crises but crucially lacking much depth."
‑ Owen Williams, Empire Magazine
"Gripping, heartfelt and eye-opening film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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