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Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas investigates foreign land-investments in Ethiopia and exposes their impact on people’s lives.


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.


Joakim Demmer


Joakim Demmer was born and grew up in southern Sweden. After studying photography, he began working as a cameraman and film editor in Scandinavia.
From 1995-2001 he studied directing at the German Academy of Film and Television in Berlin. Since his graduation he has been working as a filmmaker and cinematographer in Sweden and Germany.

In The Land of the Sami 2016, documentary
The King of Sund, 2014, documentary
A Trip To Harar, 2009, documentary
Paola Matadora, 2008, documentary
Gatica at the River, 2006, documentary
Anna Lindh and her Murderer, 2004, documentary
Tarifa Traffic, 2003, documentary
Play-Off, 1999, short fiction
Vergehen, 1997, short fiction
Kita, 1996, documentary
Flieger, 1995, short

Margarete Jangård, WG Film