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Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders St Melbourne Australia (map)

Dir. Joakim Demmer | Sweden/Germany/Finland | 2016 | 80 mins

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Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas is investigative journalism that will make your blood boil.

Around the globe there is a massive commercial rush for farmland – the new green gold. One of the most profitable new locations for farming is Ethiopia but how can a country export food products by the ton and at the same time be so dependent on food aid?

A new wave of colonialism is hitting Africa, in the form of land grabbing. Hoping for export revenues, the Ethiopian government leases millions of hectares of allegedly unused land to foreign investors. This dream of prosperity however, comes at a cost – with Ethiopia experiencing some the most massive forced evictions in modern history, the lost livelihoods of small farmers, harsh repression and violent protest.

Shockingly, contributing to this disaster are the EU, the World Bank and DFID, providing billions of dollars in development money.

With Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas, Joakim Demmer deeply probes these foreign land-investments and exposes their negative impact on people’s lives. On a journey to uncover the truth, we meet investors, development bureaucrats, persecuted journalists, struggling environmentalists and small farmers deprived of their land, whose testimony will leave you incensed and demanding change.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion: Whose land is it anyway?


Panel

Karl Fitzgerald Karl Fitzgerald is the Project Director of Prosper Australia. He produced the documentary Real Estate 4 Ransom and runs the weekly Renegade Economists radio show/ podcast. Karl's research work includes directing the Speculative Vacancies report into empty housing in Melbourne. He holds a B.Ec from Monash University.

Karl Fitzgerald
Karl Fitzgerald is the Project Director of Prosper Australia. He produced the documentary Real Estate 4 Ransom and runs the weekly Renegade Economists radio show/ podcast. Karl's research work includes directing the Speculative Vacancies report into empty housing in Melbourne. He holds a B.Ec from Monash University.

Soreti Kadir Soreti is an Oromo poet and writer, amongst many other things, based on unceded Kulin Nations land. Her artistry is a method of story and truth telling.  Her performance style is riveting, leaving audiences in an abyss of empowerment and contemplation. What she speaks and writes on evolves with her and her experience but is committed too a focus on questions, identity, justice, equity and freedoms. She has performed her work all across Kulin Nation lands and in numerous other places across so-called Australia and other parts of the world. In 2015 she self published her book of poetry Siyaanne and 2016 saw her make the move into music. The future is sure to be an exciting expression of Soreti’s multiple, growing, artistic disciplines.

Soreti Kadir
Soreti is an Oromo poet and writer, amongst many other things, based on unceded Kulin Nations land. Her artistry is a method of story and truth telling.  Her performance style is riveting, leaving audiences in an abyss of empowerment and contemplation. What she speaks and writes on evolves with her and her experience but is committed too a focus on questions, identity, justice, equity and freedoms. She has performed her work all across Kulin Nation lands and in numerous other places across so-called Australia and other parts of the world. In 2015 she self published her book of poetry Siyaanne and 2016 saw her make the move into music. The future is sure to be an exciting expression of Soreti’s multiple, growing, artistic disciplines.

Daisy Gardener Daisy Gardener is the Sustainable Food Advocacy Lead with Oxfam Australia. She works to influence the policy and practice of the Australian Government, financial institutions and investors in relation to small scale producers, agriculture, forests, land and human rights. She has been focused on corporate accountability for the past twelve years with a particular focus on women workers in international supply chains. She has worked in Indonesia, Myanmar and the Solomon Islands on land rights, climate change and workers' rights.

Daisy Gardener

Daisy Gardener is the Sustainable Food Advocacy Lead with Oxfam Australia. She works to influence the policy and practice of the Australian Government, financial institutions and investors in relation to small scale producers, agriculture, forests, land and human rights. She has been focused on corporate accountability for the past twelve years with a particular focus on women workers in international supply chains. She has worked in Indonesia, Myanmar and the Solomon Islands on land rights, climate change and workers' rights.


Every feature length film at EFFA 2017 is screening with an Australian short. Elle Marsh's One Tree Hill will be screening before Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas. When a gumtree in the middle of an eight-lane road is threatened to be cut down, it becomes the rallying point for a community of unlikely activists.

Earlier Event: October 15
Honey, Rain & Dust
Later Event: October 16
I Stand: The Guardians of the Water