DOXA 2023 Film Screening: Delikado
“Who else will fight for El Nido if all of us are afraid? That is why we are sacrificing our lives for this place.” The island of Palawan contains one of the oldest and most biodiverse rainforests in the world. However, like so many other naturally rich areas, the region is imperiled by the stripping of resources and a growing tourism industry, funded by overseas investors and corrupt politicians.
Delikado follows three land defenders—Bobby, Tata and Nieves—as they fight to save their homeland from the violence of industrial capitalism. In his directorial debut, Karl Malakunas showcases a timely story set in one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a land defender, but one of the areas most in need of defending. Ang Lupa ay Buhay! Land is Life! -jc