The Devil Came on Horseback, Darfur, Brian Steidle, Break Thru Films, Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern The Devil Came on Horseback, Darfur, Brian Steidle, Break Thru Films, Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern

THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK

The Devil Came On Horseback (2007) exposes the violence and tragedy of the genocide in Darfur as seen through the eyes of a lone American witness. Using thousands of uncompromising and exclusive photographs taken by former US Marine Captain Brian Steidle during his role as a military observer with the African Union, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK leads you through the tragic impact of an Arab government bent on destroying its black African citizens. As an official military observer, Steidle had access to parts of the country that no journalist could penetrate. He was unprepared for what he would witness and experience, including being fired upon, taken hostage, and being unable to intervene to save the lives of young children.Ultimately frustrated by the inaction of the international community, Steidle resigned and returned to the US to expose the images and stories of lives systematically destroyed. Haunted by what he has seen and the backlash against his advocacy efforts, Brian traveled to the refugee camps of Chad to reconnect with survivors of the violence he witnessed. This compelling film bears witness to unmentionable atrocities, celebrates the courage of a refugee community desperately trying to survive, while posing the question: Why has the West not taken more urgent action to stop genocide this time?



AWARDS & NEWS

Best Female Filmmakers Award – San Diego Film Festival: Adrienne Shelly

Excellence in Filmmaking Award – Nantucket Film Festival

Seeds of War Award – Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Full Frame/Working Films Award – Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Witness Award – SilverDocs Film Festival

Best International Feature Documentary Award – BritDocs Film Festival

Best Cinematography Award – United Nations Association Film Festival

Lena Sharpe/Women in Cinema Persistence of Vision Award – Seattle International Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Sundance Documentary Competition 2007

CineVegas Film Festival 2007

Tribeca Film Festival 2007

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival 2007 (closing night film)