The Devil Came On Horseback Movie Analysis

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Genocide is rightfully seen as one of the most emotionally heavy words in the English language. When many people think of genocide, they might correlate the word to the attempted, and nearly successful, extermination of the Jewish people during World War II. To stand by and watch fellow human beings killing each other because of their race, religion, sexuality, etc., leads many to conclude those who stand by are just as guilty as those who commit the act. Unfortunately, countless horrendous acts are kept silent from the global eye, as the film The Devil Came on Horseback intends to show us. Anne Sundeburg’s 2007 documentary, The Devil Came on Horseback, creatively uses persuasion techniques, which include: the credibility of Marine Brian…show more content…
Second, create an emotional response in the audience towards the people of Darfur; for the most part, they want the audience to sympathize with the people. Next, the filmmaker wants to inspire ways of action, even a common citizen can participate in. These could include writing to political leaders, attending rallies or protests, spreading the word with their social groups, etc.; basically, a way to pressure the government to get involved. Mainly, the goal is to influence governments and their agencies to intervene in the Darfur genocide and to stop further suffering. To accomplish these goals, Sundeburg and her team had to use multiple persuasion techniques throughout the film.
Character and Credibility of Brian Steidle For any movement or cause, there must be a face to attribute to it for it to be successful. This is precisely why Marine Captain Brian Steidle is used as the narrator of the documentary, in addition to him being the primary source for the Darfur genocide information. Knowing someone on a personal level tends to make trusting their words easier and clear doubt, which is why Brian Steidle beautifully portrays his life in a brief introduction. Family photos and home videos create the idea of knowing someone their entire life; along with Brian’s voice over, it makes an incredible source of information about our narrator. Human beings tend to show the greatest amount of emotion in our faces; especially our eyes, as

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