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28 Mar 2017

Joakim Demmer, WG Film (USA)

Ethiopia: Upcoming documentary on how land acquisition for agribusiness threatens local communities' right to food

"Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas - A feature-length documentary"

All over the world, tens of thousands of people are losing their land and livelihood because companies are stealing or buying up their ancestral land. Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas travels to Ethiopia, one of the countries most affected by the rush for land...Imagine waking up one day by the sounds of bulldozers and then being told that you and your family are about to be evicted from the land where you’ve lived on for generations. And then, if you refuse to leave your home, being forcibly removed or put in jail...

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...[The documentary] was triggered by a seemingly trivial scene at the airport in Addis Ababa, six years back. Waiting for my flight late at night, I happened to see some tired workers at the tarmac who were loading food products on an airplane destined for Europe. At the same time, another team was busy unloading sacks with food aid from a second plane. It took some time to realize the real meaning of it – that this famine struck country, where millions are dependent on food aid, is actually exporting food to the western world.