85' 2016 Finland, Germany, Sweden director: Joakim Demmer cinematography: Joakim Demmer, Ute Freund, Zeb Davidsson, Mark Barrs, Peter Bolte editing: Stefan Sundlöf, Frank Brummundt production: WG Film

Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

At the airport in Addis Ababa, porters unload bags of food to feed a starving country while, at the same time, other planes are loaded with food for export. This observation provided Joakim Demmer with the starting point for what turned out to be a seven-year film investigation into large foreign investments in Ethiopian land. “Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas” is a sophisticated political thriller that, at the same time, maintains the highest standards of documentary integrity. Demmer reveals a world in which Saudi investors and corrupt Ethiopian authorities, using financing from the World Bank, forcibly displace entire communities, pushing small farmers into dependence on humanitarian aid and initiating a vicious cycle of violence. Independent journalists and those defending the devastated environment are met with brutality. It would be difficult to come up with a better-documented film indictment or a more compelling way to question about our joint responsibility. As Demmer says, “The sugar in my coffee, the cotton in my T-shirt and even the flowers for my mother might very well come from stolen land.”

Maciej Nowicki

Muranów Cinema, Gerard room
13.12 / 20:00
U-jazdowski Kino
12.12 / 20:00
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