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Darfur documentary in Cape Town August 6, 2007

Posted by Andreas in activism, Cape Town, Film screening, History, Politics.

The Devil Came on Horseback, a haunting documentary about Darfur, to be shown in Cape Town

The Devil Came on Horseback, a must-see documentary about the tragedy taking place in Darfur, will be shown at the Labia on Orange cinema in Cape Town on Sunday 12 August at 6.15pm, on Monday 13 August at 8:30pm and on Tuesday 14 August at 8:30pm. These buzz screenings are brought to you by While You Were Sleeping in collaboration with the Tri Continental Film Festival.



The Devil Came on Horseback exposes the genocide in Darfur, Sudan as seen through the eyes of an American witness, former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, who served as an unarmed military observer with the African Union from 2004 through 2005.

Shaped by Brian’s personal journey – using on-the-ground video and more than 1,000 of his exclusive photographs of the emerging crisis in Darfur – the film reveals the horrors of a government waging a dark war on its citizens, creating a gripping and uncompromising expose of this ongoing genocide.

Just 27 years old, Brian was unprepared for what he would experience – daily he witnessed the brutal slaughtering of men, women and children yet was unable to intervene – and for what he would learn about Sudan and its government. Armed with a pen, paper and a camera, Brian’s only defense was to document the evidence and capture proof of an Arab government bent on destroying its black African citizens.



Pic by Brian Steidle

Ultimately frustrated by the African Union’s inability to take action, Brian resigned and smuggled more than 1000 photographs back to the United States. Haunted by what he witnessed, Brian became driven to expose the images and stories behind this ongoing genocide, with the hope of compelling international intervention.

The killing in Darfur continues today. In fact, 2007 is estimated to be the deadliest year yet in Darfur, as the violence spreads and humanitarian groups begin to leave the area.

We are very proud to have received permission from the film’s directors to show The Devil Came on Horseback in Cape Town and share their hope that it will 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. Come and find out what’s going on in Darfur and what you can do about it.

The screenings on August 12, 13 and 14 will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Tickets are R20 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at 021 424 5927. Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

This event is presented by:

● The Labia,

While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit film collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences,

● Shikaya, a non-profit organisation that works with teachers to create a South Africa in which every learner is inspired to become responsible citizens in our democracy, valuing diversity, human rights and peace,

Tri Continental Film Festival, and

● Stand Up, a UCT social awareness and action group.

The Devil Came on Horseback will premier at the Tri Continental Film Festival in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria from 14 September to 11 October 2007.

A small selection of progressive books will be on sale at the venue.



1. Anonymous - October 1, 2007

can this arrangement be extended to joburg? i have some free time and could help.
joyce ozynski

2. Andreas - October 1, 2007

Hi Joyce

I’m afraid we don’t have the capacity to do screenings outside of Cape Town at the moment. That doesn’t mean that you can’t do something like this yourself, of course. A number of people from Jo’burg have shown interest in doing something like this there, but I’m not sure if anything has ever come of it…


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