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THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK

A Film by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern

A Break Thru Films Production in association with Global Grassroots & Three Generations

US, 2007, Color, 85 min

   
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THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness who has since returned to the US to take action to stop it.

Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK takes the viewer on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where an Arab run government is systematically executing a plan to rid the province of 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.

"Pic is perfectly framed to appeal to its intended target -- a wide American aud." —Robert Koehler, Variety

"This is a film that commands attention and action. This isn't liberalism or conservatism – This is reality." —Harry Knowles, Ain't it Cool News

"Like a true-life Syriana." —Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times

"Chilling, masterfully crafted. Sundberg and Stern have given the movie a human face and an indisputable credibility that will leave no viewer unshaken or undecided." —Wade Major, LA City Beat

 

 

WINNER SEEDS OF WAR AWARD
FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER FULL FRAME / WORKING FILMS AWARD
FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER WITNESS AWARD, SILVERDOCS

WINNER ADRIENNE SHELLY / EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING AWARD
NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION
SUNDANCE, CINEVEGAS, TRIBECA
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL (Closing Night Film)

   
 

A Witness to Evil. A Force for Peace. An Unbelievable True Story.

OUTREACH & MARKETING PARTNERSHIPS

The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 170 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations representing 130 million members. Save Darfur is a significant sponsor of the film.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience has agreed to share news of the film’s release with their expansive membership.

Jewish World Watch, a contributor to our film, works to mobilize synagogues, their schools, their members and the community to combat genocide and other egregious violations of human rights around the world through education, advocacy, and refugee relief.

The Genocide Intervention Network (GI-Net) and Students Taking Action Now – Darfur (STAND), works to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide while building an educated political constituency. In particular, GI-Net and STAND has a presence at 500 college campuses and representatives at hundreds of high schools throughout North America.

mtvU, broadcasting 24-7 to 750 campuses and over 7 million college students nationwide, is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. mtvU has committed to helping us reach out to thousands of young people, to promote the film and drive social action on this issue.

MySpace.com, with 70 million users, has offered support in promoting the film with viral networking and placement of our periodic clip postings and theatrical release dates. During the film’s posting on MySpace as its featured film, this prominent placement generated over 150,000 unique hits in the first 36 hours.

MoveOn.org, with 3.3 million members will promote the film's release in conjunction with their work to promote the goals of Enough, including using targeted email blasts to encourage members to attend the film on opening weekends.

MeetUp.com has an online reach of over 2 million. They have pledged to promote the film's release, to promote action points on Darfur, and to motivate groups in cities across the US to see the film.

Sudan Divestment Task Force, a project of GI-Net, is actively involved in dozens of targeted Sudan divestment campaigns around the world at the university, asset manager, city, state, and national levels.

Enough, the new initiative of the International Crisis Group and the Center for American Progress, is advancing a strategy of “promoting the peace, protecting the people, and punishing the perpetrators,” in critical conflict zones, including Darfur.

Council of Holocaust Educators is a professional organization serving teachers interested in teaching the Holocaust and other genocide issues. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Laureate, serves as the Honorary Chair.

Aegis Trust is an independent, international organization based in the UK, dedicated to eliminating genocide.

Darfur/Darfur is a traveling exhibit of digitally-projected changing images of Darfur, which includes Brian’s photographs among other professional photojournalists. The exhibit has committed to promoting the film throughout its 24-city, two-year tour.

The Bright Earth Project / Google Earth is an endeavor initiated by individuals at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Journal Nature to plot on Google Earth’s platform satellite imagery and data from the conflict, including Brian’s photographs.

Brian’s Memoirs & Public Affairs Books
Brian's memoirs, also entitled “The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur”, was published by PublicAffairs in April 2007 and is widely available in bookstores. Publicity for the book is being coordinated with cross-promotion for the film.

Global Grassroots
Global Grassroots is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by producer Gretchen Wallace, which offers training and seed funding to disadvantaged women to launch their own ideas for social change. Global Grassroots is dedicating 100% of the proceeds it earns from the film to help Darfur refugees launch projects that improve the lives of women.

Three Generations
Three Generations is a non-profit organization founded by producer Jane Wells, which aims to help survivors of genocide, raise awareness of present and future threats and try and make sure that “never again” becomes more than an empty promise.

 

 

 
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