Film poster for "DELIKADO" with four men standing in front of forest.
Film poster for "DELIKADO" with four men standing in front of forest.
Three environmental crusaders confront murder and betrayal as they battle to save an island paradise in the Philippines


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NOMINEE: OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY - News and Documentary Emmy Awards WILLIAM W. WARNER AWARD - DC Environmental Film Festival | SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, BEST DOCUMENTARY - Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival | SUSTAINABLE FUTURE AWARD - Sydney Film Festival

Philippines • Land Defenders • Tourism & Climate Change • Human Rights • Activism

Date of Completion: 2021 | Run Time: 94 minutes​​ | Language: English & Tagalog with English subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript & Study Guide | Director: Karl MalakunasProducers: Karl Malakunas, Marty Syjuco, Michael Collins, & Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala | Editors: Michael Collins & Eric Daniel Metzgar | Director of Photography: Tom Bannigan

Palawan appears to be an idyllic tropical island. Its powder-white beaches and lush forests have made it one of Asia’s hottest new tourist destinations. But for a tiny network of environmental crusaders and vigilantes trying to protect its spectacular natural resources, it is more akin to a battlefield. DELIKADO follows Bobby, Tata and Nieves, three magnetic leaders of this network, as they risk their lives in David versus Goliath-style struggles trying to stop politicians and businessmen from destroying the Philippines’ “last ecological frontier”. It is a timely film emblematic of the struggles globally for land defenders as they are being killed in record numbers trying to save natural resources from being plundered by corporations and governments. As the world faces its sixth-mass extinction and the climate emergency worsens, DELIKADO offers a story of courage and resilience to inspire others into action. It is also a unique expose of former president Rodrugo Duterte’s “war on drugs’ in the Philippines, which claimed thousands of lives and the International Criminal Court of Justice has said may amount to a crime against humanity. DELIKADO shows the drug war was used as a tool for politicians to control the levers of economic and political power. DELIKADO offers a story of courage and resilience to inspire others into action.

Hot Docs | Ravi Srinivasan
“Delikado is a timely environmental thriller on how corrupt corporate and political interests are swallowing small Indigenous communities across the globe by diminishing their resources and limiting their power, one tree at a time.”

Human Rights Watch | Luciana Tellez-Chavez, Researcher, Environment and Human Rights Division
“Delikado is an important and powerful film. The tension is palpable throughout … but so is the incredible courage of the environmental defenders portrayed.”

Golden Globe Awards | Silvia Bizio
“a timely environmental thriller”

The Sundance Institute | Paola Mottura, Director of the Documentary Film Fund
“Delikado offers a breathtaking insight into what it means to be an environmental activist in the Philippines today”

Unseen Films | Steve Kopian
“Delikado is a hell of a film….Shot like a thriller…..Be prepared to get angry.”