Palawan appears to be an idyllic tropical island. Its powder-white beaches and lush forests have made it one of Asia’s hottest new tourist destinations. But for a tiny network of environmental crusaders and vigilantes trying to protect its spectacular natural resources, it is more akin to a battlefield. Delikado follows Bobby, Tata, and Nieves, three magnetic leaders of this network, as they risk their lives in David versus Goliath-style struggles trying to stop politicians and businessmen from destroying the Philippines’ ’last ecological frontier.’ It is a timely film emblematic of the struggles globally for land defenders as they are being killed in record numbers trying to save natural resources from being plundered by corporations and governments. As the world faces its sixth-mass extinction and the climate emergency worsens, Delikado offers a story of courage and resilience to inspire others into action. It is also a unique expose of former president Rodrigo Duterte’s ’war on drugs’ in the Philippines, which claimed thousands of lives and the International Criminal Court of Justice has said may amount to a crime against humanity. Delikado shows the drug war was used as a tool for politicians to control the levers of economic and political power. Delikado offers a story of courage and resilience to inspire others into action.
A panel discussion/Q&A will follow the screening.
Keynote Speaker: Andrea Crosta, Founder/Executive Director, Earth League International
Andrea Crosta, Founder/Executive Director, Earth League International
Karl Malakunas, Director, Delikado
Tata, Film Subject, Delikado
Luthfi Mawarid, Secretary General, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Phillipines-Canada Chapter
Clair Swanson, Chairperson, Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights
Moderator: Philip Aghoghovwia, Professor of English, KPU
In English and Tagalog with English subtitles
Coarse language; violence
Open to youth!
Thursday February 22
Tom Bannigan ACS
Eric Daniel Metzgar
Paul Alexander Juutilainen
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