The Witness's Responsibility

The Devil Came on Horseback, the new documentary by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, may not be the best non-fiction film you will see this year, although it is quite good. But it is probably the most important one you will see because the events it depicts are ongoing -- the genocide being committed on behalf of the Sudanese government in Darfur. Don't let the conmen from President Omar al-Bashir's government tell you otherwise. I'm not a diplomat and I don't have to use the soft weasel-words of professional diplomacy; Bashir is a liar, his subordinates are liars, his government is directly complicit in mass murder. If you don't believe that, you really must see this film. In the meantime, though, you can read this story in The Economist, hardly a source of left-winging hysteria.

If you are interested in my chat with Ricki Stern, the co-director, it's in this week issue of Jewish Week and you can find it on line here. The film is playing at the IFC Center, and you should go. After that, you should surf on over to the Save Darfur Coalition and help out.