Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas / Das Grüne Gold

Around the globe, there is a massive commercial rush for farmland – the new green gold. One of the most profitable new spots for farming is Ethiopia. Hoping for export revenues, the Ethiopian government leases millions of hectares of allegedly unused land to foreign investors. But the dream of prosperity has a dark side – the most massive forced evictions in modern history, lost livelihoods of small farmers, harsh repression and a vicious spiral of violence. Contributing to this disaster are the EU, the World Bank and DFID, providing billions of dollars in development money.

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 evicted farmers deprived of their land.



Country of Production
Sweden, Germany, Finland

Year of Production


90 min

Joakim Demmer

WG Film in co-production with Filmproduktion, JW Documentaries, Film i Skåne and SVT, in association with RBB/ARTE, IKONdocs and YLE

Original Language
English, Amharic, Anuak

English, German, French, Finnish, Dutch

Festivals / Awards

cph:dox Copenhagen 2017
Docville IDF Leuven 2017
San Francisco Green FF 2017
DOK.fest Munich 2017 (Special Mention)
Sheffield IDF 2017
European FF Palic 2017
Aegean FF Patmos 2017
Dokufest Prizren 2017
Tri Continental FF 2017
EBS IDF 2017
Africa FF Cologne 2017

pre-selected for a European Film Award 2017 in the category Best Documentary