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Arca de Leones gets ready to roar in South America!

Posted: 22 September 2014. Updated: 22 September 2014


Lion Ark, the award-winning documentary about the rescue of 25 lions from cruel circuses in Bolivia by ADI, is ready to hit South America thanks to Associate Producer Vivian Bosch who has funded a Spanish version of the film.

Lion Ark has taken the film festival circuit by storm with sell out shows, six awards, official selections for 14 prestigious film festivals, and an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding International Motion Picture.

The independent film, which is on the brink of signing worldwide distribution deal, has already signed a deal with Distrifilms SRL to distribute Arca de Leones in Bolivian movie theaters as soon as it is completed.

Arca de Leones opens on Thursday October 2nd in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, Bolivia – with the official premiere in capital La Paz, and VIP screenings and Q&As with the filmmakers in La Paz and Santa Cruz.

See the trailer for Arca de Leones

Vivian Bosch, from Naples, was blown away when she saw the film at Palm Beach international Film Festival (where Lion Ark won its sixth award being voted by audiences the “Best Documentary”) and met with Director Tim Phillips to discuss ensuring the film could reach Spanish speaking audiences, particularly in South America.

Vivian says: “I felt it was really important that Lion Ark reach the audiences we really want to influence, for people in other South American countries to see the incredible stand that Bolivia took to end the suffering of circus animals and to learn more about what these animals face and how they can be helped. Right now ADI are in Peru undertaking another huge, nationwide rescue operation to rescue circus animals, so this is truly an on going story and one that needs to be told.”

Tim Phillips, Director of Lion Ark who is currently in Peru on the ADI rescue mission said: “We have always wanted Lion Ark to be seen by as many people as possible and especially Spanish speaking audiences. It is a very positive and uplifting film but with a serious educational message. It also charts historic events taking place in Latin America.”

The world premiere of Arca de Leones is to take place in Bolivia in the coming weeks – details to be announced soon.

Photo caption: Lion Ark Associate Producer Vivian Bosch and Director Tim Phillips at the Palm Beach International Film Festival earlier this year where Lion Ark won Audience Choice Best Documentary.

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