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The Devil Came On Horseback

  NR Closed Captioning

Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg

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About the Movie

An up-close, honest, and uncompromising look at the crisis in Darfur, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK exposes the ongoing tragedy in Sudan as seen through the eyes of one American witness.Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, the film goes on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where in 2004, Steidle became witness to a genocide that to-date has claimed over 400,000 lives. As an official military observer, Steidle 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. A 2007 world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, this astonishingly propulsive and dramatic film from award-winning filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern (The Trials of Darryl Hunt), is a heartfelt account of what this particular American witness saw and, just as important, what he did afterward.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 52
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Brutal, urgent, devastating -- the documentary The Devil Came on Horseback demands to be seen as soon as possible and by as many viewers as possible. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: [A] searing documentary on the genocide in Darfur. – Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: But The Devil Came on Horseback has galvanized audiences at film festivals around the world precisely because it presents, in its calm, measured fashion and without much ceremony, pictures that nobody really wants to see. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Devil ponders the optimism/pessimism = apathy/x equation as honestly and studiously as any doc I've ever seen. – Rob Nelson, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Screening of movie in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Save Darfur Event Screening of "The Devil Came on Horseback" Speaker: Nick Clooney April 28th, 7:00pm University of Cincinnati Tangeman University Center Great Hall Free admission, donations accepted Save Darfur merchandise will be sold before/ after event

Genocide is real.

An amazing documentary about a former U.S marine traveling to the Darfur region of Sudan as a photgrapher who witnesses gruesome atrocities that are happening as we speek yet no nation in the world seems to care enough about the men women children and infants being slaughtered by the Sudanese government funded janjaweed militias....


AMAZING FILM. that pretty much says it all. it is worth wayyy more than $10. take advantage of the price and buy it. share it. people need to stop being in denial about the genocide.

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  • $5.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2007

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