Devil Came On Horseback
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In early spring 2005, we began to collaborate with this marine, Brian Steidle. We began with nothing more than Brians personal story of what he witnessed, and his collection of exclusive photographs, smuggled out of Sudan in a risky move to leave with what would prove to be damning evidence that implicated the Sudanese government in what was happening in Darfur. He, like us, seemed to be struggling with what to do next, and what could make a difference. We started by filming Brian's return to Africa, to the refugee camps in Chad, and when he made the decision to start talking to people all around the world about his story, we followed. We were curious to see how Brian would change, from a Marine raised in a tradition of duty and respect, to an ardent educator, passionate about intervention, who was driven by the nightmares of his time in Sudan.
The fact that Brian is an American offered a unique perspective on the crisis, and that he was just a guy who went to do a job and found himself in the worst place imaginable, gave us hope that a wide audience would connect with Brian and his experience and be compelled to become educated and involved in what continues to unfold in Darfur. We also came to see this film as the darkest type of political thriller, and it was all too real.
We are thankful to the humanitarian agencies and individuals who offered their footage to us, and to all those who shared their perspectives, political insight and testimonies.
The biggest risks of all in making a film like this are borne by those who assisted us on the ground in Darfur and Chad. Our translator who accompanied and aided Brian and the team in the refugee camps in Chad was arrested (and later released) shortly after Brian returned back to the states. Most importantly, every Darfurian who shared their story with us on camera is at risk of Sudanese governmental reprisal. We are profoundly grateful for their willingness to bear witness, and we hope this film will help to end the violence and bring protection to those still on the ground in Darfur and Chad.
2007 is estimated to be the deadliest year yet in Darfur, as the violence spreads and humanitarian groups begin to leave the area. Our hope as filmmakers with The Devil Came on Horseback is to inspire and empower people to get involved and become active in bringing peace to Darfur, and to motivate international leadership to create foreign policy to respond effectively to this crisis before it becomes even worse.
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[DEVIL] | 2007 | 85 | Documentary Feature
Foreign Title: (The Devil Came On Horseback)
Premiere: New York