Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

  • Joakim Demmer
  • Sweden, Germany, Finland
  • 2017
  • 80 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests
At Addis Ababa Airport, director Joakim Demmer observes something strange: one cargo plane is being loaded with food for rich countries, while another is flying in food aid. This event piques his curiosity and marks the start of a six-year investigation in which he discovers the dark side of globalization, poverty reduction and the worldwide race to buy up agricultural land. The many foreign investors coming to Ethiopia to develop its economy are wreaking havoc in the country in the process. We meet a farmer who can’t understand why the government is giving away its forests to foreigners. The stories we hear become increasingly alarming, as land grabbing, exploitation, violence and even rape and murder are the terrible consequences of the appetite for arable land. Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas gives ample space to the victims of these injustices, but other players who also have their say include several investors and representatives of the World Bank, whose role in the affair is questionable. With the help of an Ethiopian investigative journalist, Demmer attempts to find out how Ethiopia got into this explosive situation. 


  • 80 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Amharic, English
  • Subtitles in: English
Joakim Demmer
Margarete Jangård for WG Film AB
Executive producer
Fredrik Gertten for WG Film AB
JW Documentaries,
Joakim Demmer, Ute Freund, Zeb Davidsson, Mark Barrs, Peter Bolte

IDFA history

Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests

Share this film

Print this page

IDFA history

This website uses cookies.

By using cookies we can measure how our site is used, how it can be further improved and to personalize the content of online advertisements.

 here everything about our cookie policy. If you choose to decline, we only place functional and analytical cookies