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The Devil Came on Horseback

(2007) *** 1/2 Unrated
85 min. International Film Circuit.
What exactly does an "unarmed military observer" do? And what kind of toll does the job take? These are the surprising questions answered by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern's documentary as it pursues a larger goal of shining light on genocide in Darfur. Speaking with the voice of former Marine Captain Brian Steidle, the film traces the journey of a military leader to an activist leader: "six months of watching people die" and a homecoming that soon found Steidle and his photographic evidence in The New York Times, on the lecture circuit, and at the International Criminal Court. Sundberg and Stern allow the unspeakable horrors in Sudan to sink in; they also quietly present a drama of one man's disillusionment and guilt.
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