With our attention focused on international hot spots like Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran, many of us are only vaguely aware of the atrocities going on in Darfur, Sudan.
I just finished screening a documentary about the genocide in Darfur. You'll have the opportunity to view it as well, thanks to the folks at the Cucalorus Film Festival and Working Films.
The film, Annie Sundberg's and Ricki Stern's "The Devil Came On Horseback" is an award-winning and uncompromising documentary that premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and won the Full Frame Festival's Working Films Award.
It exposes the violence and tragedy of the genocide taking place in Darfur through the eyes of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle in his role as a military observer for the African Union.
Steidle witnessed unmentionable atrocities during his time in Sudan and took more than a thousand photographs as Arab government-backed militias destroyed villages and killed thousands of people in their attempt to wipe out the county's black African citizens. Frustrated by the inaction of the international community, Steidle resigned to expose the images and stories of lives systematically destroyed - over 400,000 killed and 2.5 million displaced from their homes.
We thank the Cucalorus Film Festival and this group of theaters, who are making it possible for you to see, become informed and take action to help stop the violence in Darfur.
There are ten screenings next week, you need to be at one of them:
Monday, August 6 Mayfaire Cinemas 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 7 Lumina Theatre & UNCW 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8 Lumina Theatre & UNCW 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 9 Cameron Art Musuem 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 10 Jengo's Playhouse 6:30 & 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 11 Jengo's Playhouse 6:30 & 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 12 Jengo's Playhouse 4:30 & 7:00 p.m.
It's not an easy film to watch, but it's an incredibly important film for you to see.