Sudan, the largest country in Africa has, for decades, also been the most violent. Following a 20-year civil war which claimed over 2 million innocents, a barbaric genocide has continued unabated in Darfur, where hundreds and thousands of civilian lives have been lost. However, this crisis went largely unnoticed around the world until one witness took a stand to expose the unfathomable horrors perpetrated by a government waging dark war on its citizens. Following a triumphant and eye-opening 60-market theatrical release, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, from award-winning filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, will make its DVD debut on October 30, exclusively from Docurama®.
“An outstanding film. It’s superb, period.”
-- The New York Times
A 2007 world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK is an up-close, honest, and uncompromising look at the horrific genocide in Darfur as seen through the eyes of one courageous American: former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, who served as an unarmed military observer with the African Union. Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of Steidle, the film goes on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, where in 2004, Steidle became witness to a genocide that to date has claimed over 400,000 lives. As an official military observer, he 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.
Inspired by Nicholas Kristof’s groundbreaking op-ed series “The American Witness” in The New York Times and based on Steidle’s acclaimed book “The Devil Came on Horseback,” the film has won several prestigious awards including: Seeds of War Award from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Witness Award AFI/Silverdocs and, aside from Sundance, was also an Official Selection at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. This astonishingly propulsive and dramatic film is a heartfelt account of what this particular American witness saw and, just as important, what he did afterward.
In addition to the extraordinary full-length documentary, the DVD also features a bonus short film, Supporting Survivors and “Take Action, Save Darfur: How to Help”.
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