Director: Karl Malakunas

Philippines, Australia, USA, United Kingdom, Hong Kong,  2022



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 to try to stop politicians and businessmen from destroying the Philippines’ “last ecological frontier”.

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14.10.2023 – Saturday – 10:00

Director Bio

Karl is a filmmaker and journalist who has been based in Asia—covering environmental issues, conflict, natural disasters, and political upheavals—for two decades. Karl is the Asia-Pacific Deputy-Editor-In-Chief for Agence France-Presse based in Hong Kong. He is a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Fellow and a recipient of the SFFILM Vulcan Productions Environmental Fellowship. After living in the Philippines for eight years while working as Manila Bureau Chief for AFP, Karl has drawn on his experiences, contacts, and deep inside knowledge of the country to make “Delikado”, his first feature film. His environmental reporting around the world has included covering the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the eastern Philippines, and the coal-powered rise of China’s economy.


Camera: Tom Bannigan ACS
Editing: Michael Collins, Eric Daniel Metzgar
Text: Laura Nix, Michael Collins, Karl Malakunas
Production: Marty Syjuco, Michael Collins, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, Karl Malakunas