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Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

Joakim Demmer
Screening time  
01.03. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 3  
Why does a famine-ravished country such as Ethiopia export tons of food to the West, when it can hardly feed its own population?

Why does a famine-ravished country such as Ethiopia export tons of food to the West, when it can hardly feed its own population? And why does the World Bank spend billions of dollars on sustainable development aid, when millions of farmers are at the same time being deprived of the right to use their land? Hoping to achieve high export earnings and secure future prosperity, the Ethiopian government has decided to lease millions of hectares of land to foreign investors. Land that formerly belonged to the locals and local farmers, who now lose everything without any prospect of getting a share of the money the government earns. The harsh and unequal struggle for the green gold of the future – the planet’s farming lands – is fought between speculators and farmers on two different continents. Joakim Demmer sets out to uncover the widely sprawling fields at the heart of this battle, and Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas is investigative journalism that will make you jump up from your chair – and shout with anger.


Joakim Demmer

Joakim Demmer was born in Sweden. After studying photography, he began working as a cinematographer and film editor all over Scandinavia. From 1995 to 2001, he studied directing at the German Academy of Film and Television (dffb) in Berlin. Filmography: Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas (2017), In The Land of the Sami (2016), The King of Sund (2014), A Trip To Harar (2009), Paola Matadora (2008), Gatica at the River (2006) and Anna Lindh and Her Murderer (2004).

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Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

Sweden, Finland, Germany
2017, 85'

Directed by:
Joakim Demmer

Screenplay by:
Joakim Demmer

Joakim Demmer, Ute Freund, Zeb Davidsson, Mark Barrs, Peter Bolte

Edited by:
Stefan Sundlöf, Frank Brummundt

Matthias Trippner

Margarete Jangård

Produced by:
WG Film AB, JW Documentaries

Festivals & Awards:

Festival San Francisco Green Film Festival 2017 – Green Tenacity Award; Life After Oil 2017 – Best International Documentary Award; Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2017 – Best Film on the topic of soil; Prix Europa 2017 – nomination for Best TV Documentary; European Film Awards 2017 – shortlisted for Best Documentary; IDFA 2017; CPH:DOX 2017; DOCVILLE 2017; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017; Aegean Film Festival 2017; Dokufest Kosovo 2017;  Another Way Film Festival 2017; Environmental Film Festival Australia 2017; Valladolid International Film Festival 2017