On the idyllic island of Palawan, ecological crusaders battle the development of a tropical paradise-turned-tourist hotspot.

The family of a murdered environmental crusader mourn his brutal death at his funeral.  (credit: Thoughtful Robot Productions)
Premiere Date
September 26, 2022
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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Marty Syjuco

Originally from the Philippines, Marty is two-time Emmy¨ nominated filmmaker whose first film Give Up Tomorrow premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize. The film went on to win 18 awards and has been seen by over 50 million viewers worldwide. His second feature, Almost Sunrise won a CINE Golden Eagle Show more Award, played theatrically at the IFC Center in NYC, and was nationally broadcast on PBS/POV for Veterans Day. His recent film, Call Her Ganda was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award and was recently broadcast on POV’s 32nd season. Marty is a proud ITVS, Bertha, Sundance, Tribeca, Fledgling, Wyncote, and Good Pitch Fellow, and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences last summer. Show less

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Michael Collins

Michael is an Emmy and Grierson nominated filmmaker and the founder of Thoughtful Robot, a film production company committed to telling stories that galvanize change. Michael’s recent film ALMOST SUNRISE is the first film about Òmoral injuryÓ and its connection to the veteran suicide crisis. The film premiered at Telluride Mountainfilm in 2016 and has Show more had 600+ screenings across the country, winning six major awards, including the Voice Award, and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Current-Affairs Documentary. Michael’s first film GIVE UP TOMORROW premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011 and won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Best New Director. GIVE UP TOMORROW was selected for the Britdoc Impact Award and was nominated for an Emmy¨ Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. Show less

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The Film

The idyllic island of Palawan epitomizes the postcard image of a tropical paradise with its white sand beaches and lush tropical forests. But the Philippines’ last ecological frontier land faces an uncertain future as environmental crusaders try to fend off an up-and-coming tourist hotspot and a network of ecological vigilantes scramble to protect the island’s natural resources. Charismatic leaders confront threats, betrayal, and their own demons in an uphill battle to stop politicians and businessmen from carving up the beauty of Palawan. Mirroring conflicts around the globe between developers and land defenders, Delikado tells a story both personal and universal.