The Devil Came on Horseback
The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)

The violence and tragedy of the genocide taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness. Using more than a thousand uncompromising and exclusive photographs taken by former US Marine Captain Brian Steidle during his… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Devil Came on Horseback is both a strong primer on the complexities of the situation in Darfur and a harrowing first-person doc.

Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

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.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

On all counts, the co-directors of this persuasive documentary set the right tone.

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Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This documentary stares truth in the face in more ways than one.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

A dynamic, shockingly graphic story of the horrors of Darfur.

S. James Wegg

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.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Sam Jordison

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Slaven
If you already felt the devastation in Darfur was too complex to easily change, this documentary won't help. We follow a former Marine who, by a damning… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Devil Came on Horseback" is a powerfully damning documentary about Brian Steidle, a retired U.S. Marine Captain, who in 2004… More
Daniel Hetteix
An excellent, well-shot, and cautious documentary which has some truly shocking, and heart-wrenching, moments. It speaks powerfully not only about its own… More
John Ballantine
A better film to make the case for intervention in Sudan than the Hollywood star laden Darfur Now. With the notion that photos often provoke emotionnal… More
Stella Dallas
if you want to know more about the situation in darfur this is a great place to start. told by a former marine who volunteered as an unarmed observer in sudan… More
William Goss
Darfur doc, while well-assembled, can't help but grow numb.