The Devil Came on Horseback

2007, Documentary, 1h 28m

54 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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

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While serving with the African Union, former Marine Capt. Brian Steidle documents the brutal ethnic cleansing occuring in Darfur. Determined that the Western public should know about the atrocities he is witnessing, Steidle contacts New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, who publishes some of Steidle's photographic evidence.

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  • Dec 29, 2012
    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 stroke of fate, found himself with the duty to document each case of genocide. Captain Steidle, raised in a strong military family, came in as a former Marine who had seen his share of combat. He's the only American who witnessed, for 6 months, the merciless violence. It has broken him, and in one scene we see him grieving, overwhelmed by his powerlessness to stop, even just once, what he had seen. After we see him testify to us through the media and meet with our leaders, it seems by the film's end that everyone is powerless, and we all just have to watch it.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2012
    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 responses and positive reactions, Brian Steidle spreads the word about atrocities throughout the world..with some encouraging results.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2008
    An excellent, well-shot, and cautious documentary which has some truly shocking, and heart-wrenching, moments. It speaks powerfully not only about its own subject, but the conspicuous and utterly horrifying lack of attention it was given, all seen through intensely personal moments. Easy to comprehend, but daunting to fully understand, this documentary has no answers, only emotions and images... and that is what makes it powerful. Like him, we are forced to sit and watch helplessly by the sidelines, and we can easily understand his frustration and pain.
    Daniel H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2008
    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 and witnessed all out genocide by the government backed janjaweed militia. it's as if we had the chance to redeem ourselves for rwanda and failed yet again. total respect to brian steidle who fought to get this story out and wake up the world to another ethnic cleansing. this is a horrific and very important film. if you want to see the face of evil, welcome to hell
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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