Karl Malakunas



Karl Malakunas


Laura Nix

Director of Photography

Tom Bannigan ACS


Eric Daniel Metzgar

Michael Collins


Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala

Karl Malakunas

Marty Syjuco

Michael Collins

Sound Design

Michael ‘Gonzo’ Gandsey


Atty. Bobby Chan

Tata Balladares

Nieves Rosento

Kap. Ruben Arzaga

Production Companies

Felt Films
ITVS International
Naked Edge Films
Narravi Films
P.O.V./American Documentary
Thoughtful Robot Productions

Total Running Time

94 Minutes


English, Tagalog



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. It is also a unique expose of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs’ in the Philippines, which has 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 is 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.

About the Director

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.

Festival and Awards

  • Cinemalaya 2022, Manila, Philippines
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2022, Melbourne, Australia
  • Doc Edge Festival 2022, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand
  • Sheffield DocFest 2022, Sheffield, UK
  • Sydney Film Festival 2022, Sydney, Australia
  • MountainFilm 2022, Telluride, USA
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2022, New York, USA
  • Asian Pacific Film Festival 2022, Los Angeles, USA
  • HotDocs 2022, Toronto, Canada


“Delikado is an important and powerful film. The tension is palpable throughout… but so is the incredible courage of the environmental defenders portrayed.”

– Luciana Tellez-Chavez, Researcher, Environment and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch


How can I watch?

Continued education and actions on Martial Law

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