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At age 27, Brian Steidle became a monitor with the African Union in Darfur, Sudan. He was completely unprepared for what he would see. See more »
A documentary that exposes the genocide raging in Darfur, Sudan as seen through the eyes of a former U.S. marine who returns home to make the story public. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nicholas Kristof ... Himself - Columnist, New York Times
Brian Steidle ... Himself

Directed by
Ricki Stern 
Anne Sundberg  (as Annie Sundberg)
Writing credits
Anne Sundberg (written by) (as Annie Sundberg) &
Ricki Stern (written by)

Produced by
Jed Alpert .... associate producer
Omar Amanat .... executive producer
Ted Greenberg .... associate producer
Eileen Haag .... producer
Mette Hoffman Meyer .... executive producer: TV2-Danmark (as Mette Hoffmann Meyer)
Seth Keal .... associate producer
Ira Lechner .... producer
Cristina Ljungberg .... producer
Jerry Risius .... field producer: Chad
Ricki Stern .... producer
Anne Sundberg .... producer (as Annie Sundberg)
Gretchen Wallace .... producer
Jane Wells .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Brill 
Cinematography by
Phil Cox 
Tim Hetherington 
William Rexer  (as William Rexer II)
Jerry Risius 
Anne Sundberg  (as Annie Sundberg)
John Keith Wasson 
Film Editing by
Joey Grossfield 
Production Management
Katie Brown .... production manager
Sound Department
Brad Bergbom .... sound recordist
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
Rusty Dunn .... sound designer
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Ivo Hanak .... sound
John Moros .... sound editor
James Nichols .... sound consultant: Dolby
Nicholas Schenck .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Yorgo Alexopoulos .... visual effects
Joshua Dotson .... motion graphics assistant
Amber Kusmenko .... motion graphics assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Blalock .... additional cinematographer
Marcus Bleasdale .... photographer: black & white
Leo Buurman .... still photographer
John Foster .... additional cinematographer
Patrick Jackson .... additional cinematographer
Ralf Oberti .... additional cinematographer
PJ Raval .... additional cinematographer
Jerry Risius .... cinematographer: Chad
Brian Steidle .... still photographer
Ricki Stern .... still photographer: New York City
Martijn van Broekhuizen .... cinematographer: Netherlands
John Keith Wasson .... cinematographer: Rwanda
Editorial Department
Will Cox .... colorist
Will Cox .... on-line editor
Carter Gunn .... assistant on-line editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Riva Marker .... additional editor: trailer
Jordan Montminy .... additional editor: trailer
Sandy Patch .... assistant on-line editor
Kristin Rodriguez .... assistant editor
Music Department
Catherine Bent .... musician: cello
Catherine Bent .... orchestra producer
Paul Brill .... score mixer
Paul Brill .... score recordist
Elise Carter .... musician: flute, alto flute
Claudia Chopek .... musician: violin
Andy Cotton .... musician: double bass
Nicole Federici .... musician: viola
Alejandra Mahave .... musician: violin
Katie Scheele .... musician: English horn
Robert L. Smith .... score mixer
Robert L. Smith .... score recordist
Ian Stynes .... music editor
Other crew
Hani Alam .... translator
Yorgo Alexopoulos .... title designer
Abdellatif Eljaziri .... translator
Winston Emano .... publicist
David Magdael .... publicist
Casey McDonald .... production assistant
Mara McFalls .... production assistant
Ryan Murdock .... designer: web
Douglas Ruhl .... source: satellite images
Benjamin Rutkowski .... researcher (as Ben Rutkowski)
Rachelle Sarfati .... production assistant
Nick Schonfeld .... production coordinator: Netherlands
Brian Steidle .... story consultant
Anne Stulz .... publicist
Freddy Umutanguha .... translator: Rwanda
Gretchen Wallace .... production coordinator
Steven Wallace .... publicist
Alexander Wells .... production assistant: Rwanda
Amanda Wilder .... production associate

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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Best documentary on Darfur so far, 30 April 2007
Author: Adam Donaghey from United States

The most important aspect about The Devil Came on Horseback is its images, simply for the unfortunate fact that no one, really, has seen anything properly documenting the brutality going on over there. There's been sporadic text every now and then, and even a picture or two; but, by and large, the waves in the press about Darfur are merely ankle busters compared to this film's tsunami of pictorials and video, displaying the absolute horror of that region of Sudan.

The film follows Brian Steidle, a man who's entire career has been military-based. He served as a USMC captain and when he would no longer see combat, he left the military and accepted a contract position in Sudan with the Joint Military Commission, where he would be an integral part of the North-South ceasefire, rising the ranks from a team leader to senior operations officer. After seven months, he was invited to Darfur, where he would serve as an unarmed military observer and American representative for the African Union in that region. This film documents his findings as an observer.

What he found was systematic ethnic-cleansing genocide. The Sudanese government was not only enabling the mass extinction of its citizens, it was controlling it. The "devil" in the title of the film are the Janjaweed, nomadic black-Arab militia groups who massacre entire villages, by exterminating its non-Arab black African inhabitants and literally burn the tribes' homes to the ground. They are "paid" in plunder and are notorious for raping their female victims, castrating their male victims and torturing them all.

The Janjaweed have been more adequately equipped and become a far greater threat since non-Arab groups, the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement, have risen up against the Sudanese government, for its mistreatment of its people. Although the government of Sudan has repeatedly denied any assistance to these barbarous raiding bandits, this film has been a breakthrough of evidence, showing quite clearly the government's involvement.

To really understand this film, however, is to understand its tragedy. No one is really doing anything about this. Even after Steidle came back and lobbied before congress in an effort to call the United States to action, his plethora of images and video were dismissed as nothing more than inconvenient casualties in another state-sponsored genocide that we're unwilling to involve ourselves in. Sure, they were acknowledged and Colin Powell called it what it was--a "genocide"--but there's still over 450,000 dead and counting, and 2.5 million displaced.

I could describe to you the images I saw--the maiming and killing of men, women and children; their eyes gouged out and their bodies burned, castrated and mutilated--and how I reacted, emotionally with tears of hopelessness and regret, when I saw this film. But instead, I think it far more powerful for you to go see this film for yourself. Then perhaps you'll want to take action and help let our government know that you want it to take active involvement in stopping this nightmare. It's not enough to talk about it and acknowledge that it's happening--we need to take active measures in preventing the perpetuation of these government sanctioned massacres.

Remember, just as you've read this review in the comfort of your own home or office or wherever, the killing in Sudan continues. And it won't stop until every last one of the non-Arab black Africans are dead, or when, and if, someone steps in and takes appropriate action to stop it.

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