The World Bank is on a mission to eradicate poverty and inject the most impoverished regions of the world with billions of our taxpayer dollars every year. At the same time millions of people are losing their land and livelihood in the very same areas. Is well-needed economic investment in the world's poorest countries only benefiting the already rich?

DEAD DONKEYS FEAR NO HYENAS is a documentary thriller investigating the murky concept of 'land grabbing' - a modern form of colonisation where foreign investors buy or lease large farmland areas in developing countries without benefiting the local population. The rush for the 'green gold' is on and the strongest are bulldozing their way to the finishing line! 

Following in the footsteps of Ethiopian environmental journalist Argaw, we find that the promised prosperity and development is often a far cry from the harsh reality. Large-scale farms are swallowing up agricultural land from regions that are already on the brink of starvation and sending it all back to your local supermarket. Left behind are only local farmers who have been forced from the land they have been living on for generations. 

The film investigates these complicated issues and their effect, using rural Ethiopia as a backdrop. Along the bumpy ride we meet different players on both sides of the fence and learn that things are rarely how they first appear. As the global community struggles to navigate the moral and financial implications of investment chains and well-meaning food aid, the Ethiopian people find themselves in a desperate struggle to keep their land, culture and lives.



Production details

Title: Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

Produced by: WG Film

Director: Joakim Demmer

Genre: Documentary

Release: 2015