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Pennsylvania Lion Ark screenings to celebrate circus bill launch

Posted: 15 April 2015


Lion Ark is coming to Pennsylvania to celebrate upcoming legislation to protect animals state-wide. Three screenings of the award-winning film will be shown, including a free screening hosted by State Senator Daylin Leach.

Described by critics as “uplifting” and “the feel-good movie of the year,” Lion Ark has taken the film festival circuit by storm, winning nine awards at sell out screenings and securing an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding International Motion Picture.

More action adventure style than traditional documentary Lion Ark tells the story of a team from Animal Defenders International (ADI) that secured a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia, and then, when the circuses defied the law, set about rescuing every animal.

All live action and commentary, Lion Ark takes you right in the thick of the action and as close as you get to these animals, understanding them and the effects of circus life. See the undercover investigations that changed a continent; the lobbying; the enforcement of the circus animal ban in Bolivia. Circuses that defy the new law are tracked down, animals saved, and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom.

Lion Ark Director Tim Phillips and Producer Jan Creamer – who also led the ADI rescue team - will be doing a Q&A following each of the screenings. Both are flying up from Peru where they are in the middle of Operation Spirit of Freedom, another huge rescue which will see 33 lions and a bear rescued from circuses by ADI flown to freedom in the U.S. Senator Daylin Leach will join them at the Bryn Mawr and Ambler screenings to discuss his bill to ban the use of animals in traveling circuses in Pennsylvania.

Announcing the legislation, Senator Leach stated: “In the past few years, the public learned about the suffering endured by circus elephants. The outcry, including my bill to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants, was so great that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus decided to phase out the use of elephants in its shows.

"Elephants are not the only circus animals that are suffering. To maximize profit, traveling exhibitions use grueling itineraries that force all of their animals to endure cramped living quarters, limited social interaction, and perpetual stress. Circuses hide this suffering from audiences, who witness only the power and grace of these magnificent animals. The secret is out. The public will not tolerate this unconscionable cruelty any longer.”

See LION ARK in Pennsylvania:

DATE: Thursday April 23rd at 7pm
VENUE: Ritz 5
214 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

DATE: Saturday, April 25th, 11am
VENUE: Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
TICKETS: For Free tickets RSVP to with your name, address, email address and how many tickets you are requesting

DATE: Sunday, April 26th, 10am
VENUE: Ambler Theater
108 E Butler Ave, Ambler, PA 19002

Watch the Lion Ark trailer

Find out more about Senator Leach’s bill

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