Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas


Roxie Theater Sun, Apr 23, 2017 5:45 PM
Film Info
Director:Joakim Demmer
Year of Production:2016
Premiere Status:West Coast Premiere
Topic:Festival Awards
Food: What's on Your Plate?
Big Nights
Keep It Wild
Running Time:80 min.


2017 Green Tenacity Award: A new wave of colonialism is hitting Africa. This time in the form of land-grabbing. Filmmaker Joakim Demmer and executive producer Fredrik Gertten (BANANAS!*, SFGFF 2011; Big Boys Gone Bananas, SFGFF 2013; Bikes vs. Cars, SFGFF 2014) step into the dangerous and murky world of foreign investors rushing to buy farmland in developing countries. Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas is a rallying cry from those who have nothing left to lose. Following Ethiopian environmental journalist Argaw, it reveals how the good intentions of economic development have worked against small farmers. On the one hand the World Bank welcomes foreign investors for eradicating poverty, on the other hand we see Ethiopians losing access to their land, livelihoods and food. At the same time as being reliant on food aid, Ethiopia is exporting crops destined for international markets. The contradictions are plain to see in this revealing investigative documentary. - Gemma Bradshaw

DISCUSSION WITH: Joakim Demmer, filmmaker; Anuradha Mittal and Elizabeth Fraser, Oakland Institute; Gemma Bradshaw, SF Green Film Fest

Community Partners: Berlin & Beyond; Goethe-Institut SF; Oakland Institute; UNAFF

Included Shorts

Property (4min) More

Additional Information

Joakim DemmerJoakim Demmer was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1965, and grew up there. He studied photography in Gamleby, Sweden. He has worked as freelance cinematographer in Stockholm, Prague, and London, and as a cinematographer and editor. Joakim has dedicated the past seven years to following the transformation and devastating effects of land grabbing on the Gambela region of Ethiopia. Currently, he lives in Berlin.