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The Devil Came on Horseback

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Lucas Montgomery February 3, 2008 ENVS 1000 “The Devil Came on Horseback” Review Last Thursday, I attended the film, “The Devil Came on Horseback”, a documentary by Brian Steidle on the genocide in Darfur. Steidle, an ex-marine for the United States Marine Core, narrated the film as well as took the hundreds of pictures that appeared throughout the film. The film was brilliant. Horrific, yet brilliant. The documentary briefly traces Steidle’s career from his humble beginnings, to his military career, before delving extensively into the time he volunteered for in Sudan. Although there was a fair amount of graphic photographs and horror stories, the film devoted a significant amount of time to the background, causes, and future of the genocide in Darfur. The concrete nature of Steidle’s points and conclusions, coupled with his photographs, video footage, and first-hand accounts of specific events, creates a film whose purpose cannot be missed or ignored. Steidle’s skillfully crafted message, of the
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Unformatted text preview: reality and severity of the genocide that is transpiring in Darfur, is a masterpiece that will engender positive actions and, hopefully, results. Although the film was brutally graphic and horrifying, the direction, progression, and conclusions throughout the film were undeniably valid and thorough. Steidle managed to capture a panoramic view of the genocide, covering all sides, backgrounds, and levels of the various atrocities. Unfortunately, the message of the film was primarily one of human suffering and not an environmentally conscious one. In fact, the environmental aspect of the film, specifically the desertification that is pushing Muslim herders down into Christian farmlands, was not even mentioned and discussed until after the film. The film was tremendously informative, but I wish it had covered the environmental aspect of the conflict as well. A rousing and deep piece, but one that was not as geared to the environmental tragedy as it was to the genocide....
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