Dead Donkeys fear no Hyenas
Joakim Demmer | Sweden, Finland, Germany
Why does a famine-ravished country such as Ethiopia export tonnes 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 battlefield where it’s at, and ‘Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas’ is investigative journalism that will make you jump up from your chair – and shout with anger. Demmer’s film is produced by the veteran director Fredrik Gertten (‘Bananas!’ and ‘Bikes vs. Cars’), and is sure to bring out the activist in all of us.