Lion Ark returns to the UK

The award-winning rescue documentary Lion Ark – the story of the dramatic rescue of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia – returns to the UK with screenings in Salford on Tuesday 21st of November and London on Saturday 9 December, to be followed by Q&As with the ADI team.

WHEN: Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 18:30
WHERE: University of Salford, Peel Park Campus, Maxwell Building – Room 115, 43 Crescent, Salford M5 4WT
TICKETS: No ticketing fee, entry with donation of any amount.

WHEN: Saturday 9 December 2017 at 18:30
WHERE: Screen4Paws Film Festival, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW3 5EE.
TICKETS: Book your tickets to the film festival (priced £5 + £0.98 booking fee) here.

More action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows the story of how a shocking exposé led to Bolivia banning animal circuses. Circuses defy the law but are tracked down by Animal Defenders International (ADI), animals saved and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom.

Lion Ark Director Tim Phillips said: “We wanted people to experience a frontline animal rescue, both the challenges and the joy. The film tackles a serious issue, but is exciting and leaves people with a smile on their face, knowing they can make a difference as they see the lives of these animals transform.”

The critically acclaimed movie took film festivals by storm winning 11 awards and an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding International Motion Picture – the first time for an animal protection film in the prestigious civil rights awards. “Feel-good movie of the year!” Reel Talk; “Compelling cinema verité” Hollywood Reporter; “Refreshing” New York Times; “Five Stars, Unmissable…. Born Free with balls on” Britflicks.

Following the Salford screening, filmmakers and rescue team leaders Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips will host a Q&A where the audience will also hear about ADI’s latest rescue, Operation Spirit of Freedom. During this epic 18-month mission, over 100 animals were saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru, culminating in a massive airlift of 33 lions (nine from Colombia) home to Africa.

At the Screen4Paws Film Festival, ADI Executive Manager Angie Greenaway will host a Q&A. ADI will also have a stall at the event, so don’t forget to drop by!

Donate towards ADI’s life-saving work here.


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