Delikado, a local documentary following the plight of environmental defenders in Palawan earned an Outstanding Investigative Documentary nomination in the 44th News & Documentary Emmy Awards.
“And I am just so happy that the land defenders of Palawan are proving to be an enduring inspiration for people in the Philippines and around the world. Though their challenges remain as big as ever.I hope honours such as this Emmy nomination will continue to activate support for their efforts to protect the Philippines’ 'last ecological frontier,'” shares Australian journalist and director, Karl Malakunas, on his social media post.
The documentary served as the closing film for the 2022 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. The 94-minute featured documentary looks into the practice of the Palawan NGO Network Inc., which was founded in 1991 by non-government organizations and people's organization in Palawan with the mission to empower local community members in protecting their land.
Journalist Kara Alikpala produced the documentary in collaboration with Emmy-nominated filmmaker Marty Syjuco, Storytellers International Inc. co-founder Tom Bannigan, and Michael Collins, who serves as the producer, editor, and writer.
The film has also received numerous awards and recognitions including the Sustainable Future Award at the 2022 Sydney Film Festival, Best Documentary at the 2022 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, and Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the Social Impact Media Awards 2023.
“Delikado offers a story of courage and resilience to inspire others into action.”