14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
Palawan is famous for its wide sandy beaches and dense forests. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, a treasure trove of ecology, and the home of several indigenous groups. As developers and illegal loggers who have colluded with the Duterte regime take control, however, three environmental crusaders start a battle to stop it.
Delikado means both ‘beautiful’ and ‘dangerous’ in Tagalog used in the Philippines. The island of Palawan, where the film is set, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the world's oldest and most diverse tropical rain forest, and as the title of the film suggests, it is exposed as a fatally. Some people are struggling to stop the illegal logging and fishing, and the devasting expansion of tourism caused by the acquiescence of the Philippine government, and some of them are even killed. Loggers and fishermen who are accused of their illegal activities by NGO members at the forefront of the environmental movement risking their lives are not the true villains. Karl Malakunas, who directed this film, shows that they are just poor people who have no other chance to earn a living. Then, who are the forces exploiting the nature of Palawan? The camera preciously captures those who do their best to protect Palawan, but at the same time it targets corrupt political forces and those who represent the logic of capital whenever necessary moment.
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.