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Documentary 1h 38m 2022

In-Cinema experience
New York audiences can join us in person at the HRW Film Festival.

  • Sunday May 22, 8:00 PM, Film at Lincoln Center, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
  • Tuesday May 24, 9:00 PM, IFC Center

Non-English parts subtitled in English. Closed Captioning available in English. You can select this option by clicking the ‘CC’ button in the bottom right of the player to turn on captions. Audio Described version of this film is available by purchasing the version titled: “Audio Described Version: Delikado” on this festival platform (HERE)

US Digital Premiere

Palawan in the Philippines appears to be an idyllic tropical island, with its powder-white beaches and lush forests making it one of Asia’s most visited tourist destinations. But for a small network of environmental crusaders, it is more akin to a battlefield. Bobby, Tata and Nieves – a charismatic lawyer, an ex-illegal logger and a fearless politician – are three magnetic leaders fighting to stop corporations and governments seeking to plunder increasingly valuable natural resources. Often from Indigenous communities, environmental defenders in the Philippines are killed with impunity and the killers are rarely caught. The battles these climate activists fight are shared by allies worldwide – but the abusive government of President Rodrigo Duterte adds urgency to this deepening human rights crisis.

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

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English, Filipino