I recently had the opportunity to see “The Devil Came on Horseback” on the National Geographic channel (where it will be shown again Friday at 6 p.m. EDT).
It is the story of a U.S. Marine Captain named Brian Steidle, who takes an ‘oversight’ position in Darfur, armed only with a camera, to monitor a cease-fire between the Muslim north and the Christian south.
The story is not new….hell, the MOVIE isn’t new…but this is the first time I have seen it. For some reason, this particular telling of the all-too-familiar story really spoke to me. I feel like I understand the conflict a lot better now. And the personal, first-person narration from someone we wouldn’t necessarily think would be pre-disposed to have such an emotional response made the telling all the more powerful. By the end, I felt his frustration…not an extension of my own frustration, but HIS frustration….at trying to get real help for the people of Darfur. I think it’s a must-see….
I don’t like to give away too much about a movie…especially one I wish you’d watch for yourself…but as a disclaimer…the movie isn’t sugar-coated by any stretch, but it isn’t non-stop ick either. There is enough ‘shock’ in it to (hopefully) engage people’s concern, but it isnt gruesome. It’s heart-wrenching on many levels, but not beyond the reality of the situation.
And a big ‘thank you’ to the National Geographic Channel for bringing us this remarkable movie. (It’s also available on DVD)
[i edited out totally unrelated hockey chatter, because i put up a separate essay]