M and I saw The Devil Came on Horseback today at the Seattle International Film Festival.
The film showcases Brian Steidle, a U.S. Marine who was assigned to investigate the Darfur region of Sudan in 2003, to determine whether or not a genocide was occurring. What develops is not just the horrifying events in Darfur, but the story of Brian's eyes opening up to how corrupt political powers in the world allow atrocities like Darfur to happen and explores why it has yet to be stopped. The viewer is left with a set of tools to help increase the visibility of this crisis in America, because the people of Sudan are depending on us to help them.
The film was incredibly powerful and moving, for many apparent reasons. I could go on and on about the grace injustices of the film or how horrifying it is; instead, I am encouraging everyone out there to see this film when it comes to your area. You can also go to the web site (linked above) and request a screening in your area.
I know there are a number of activists who read my posts, and this film is the perfect tool to begin discussion and push people into action.
There is no word to describe how awful the effects of corrupt governments have on people in this world. The Arab and Muslim leaders in this world have a responsibility to help these citizens, fellow Muslims, and racism keeps them from doing anything. China is just now beginning to change its partnerships with Sudan, but not enough to get people to stop calling next year's Olympics the Genocide Olympics.
My hope is that enough awareness can be drummed up in the next year, so that the American athletes going to Beijing might very well be placed in a position to raise awareness about China's connection to the atrocities in Darfur. One can only hope people in the positions to create such visibility have the conscience to see that it is right. I plan to write the U.S. Olympic Committee, requesting that they have www.savedarfur.org sewn into every, official Olympic uniforms made for the athletes. This is a prime opportunity for the world's focus to shift to Darfur, and its high time as well...