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Dead donkeys fear no hyenas

A documentary thriller about land grabbing and the global rush for farmland – the new green gold! 

Around the globe, there is a massive commercial rush for farmland – the new green gold. One of the most profitable new spots for farming is Ethiopia.

Hoping for export revenues, the Ethiopian government leases millions of hectares of allegedly unused land to foreign investors. But the dream of prosperity has a dark side – the most massive forced evictions in modern history, lost livelihoods of small farmers, harsh repression and a vicious spiral of violence. Contributing to this disaster are the EU, the World Bank and DFID, providing billions of dollars in development money.

Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas investigates these foreign land-investments and exposes their impact on people’s lives. In the pursuit of truth, we meet investors, development bureaucrats, persecuted journalists, struggling environmentalists and small farmers deprived of their land.


Production info

Title: Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

Genre: Documentary

Release year: 2017

Length: 83 min


Director: Joakim Demmer

Producers: Margarete Jangård (WG Film)

Co-Producers: Heino Deckert (ma.ja.de), John Webster (JW Documentaries)

Executive Producer: Fredrik Gertten

Editors: Stefan Sundlöf and Frank Brummundt

Outreach Producers: Glynnis Ritter and Kerstin Übelacker


World Premiere CPH:DOX 2017 (F:ACT Award – nominated), Docville International Documentary Film Festival (DocScience Award – nominated), San Francisco Green Film Festival (Green Tenacity Award – winner), Dok.Fest Munich (Dok.horizonte Award – nominated), Sheffield Doc/Fest (Environmental Award – nominated), Aegean Film Festival in Patmos, European FF Palic, DokuFest (Green Dox Award – nominated), Savonlinna International Nature FF, EBS International FF, Tricontinental Film Festival, Africa Film Festival Cologne, Life After Oil (in competition), The World On A Plate, Bergen International FF, Innsbruck Nature FF, BIFED, Festival de Films Alimenterre, Cine Eco, Environmental FF Australia