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Multi-award winning documentary 'Lion Ark' roars to life on DVD

Posted: 1 November 2016

The award-winning film Lion Ark – the story of the dramatic rescue of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia and their inspirational journey to freedom, can be yours to own on DVD from November.

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The critically acclaimed movie took film festivals by storm with sell out shows at many, 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.

Reel Talk called Lion Ark “the feel-good movie of the year!;” The Ecologist
“A consciousness-raising milestone;” The New York Times “Refreshing”; The Hollywood Reporter “Compelling cinema verité”; whilst Britflicks described Lion Ark as “unmissable” and “Born Free with Balls on.”

Lion Ark tells the story of the daring rescue by Animal Defenders International (ADI) to enforce a ban on the use of animals in circuses in Bolivia. More action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark is up close and personal, in the thick of the action. Circuses defy the law but are tracked down, animals saved and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom. A story of bravery, compassion, a country that said ‘no’ to cruelty and how attitudes towards animals changed across a continent.

Tim Phillips, Director of Lion Ark says: “It’s great to finally release Lion Ark to the public on DVD. 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.”

A special feature included on the DVD of Lion Ark shows footage from ADI’s latest rescue – Operation Spirit of Freedom - where over 100 wild animals were saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru and Colombia. This culminated in a massive airlift of more than 30 lions, from South American circuses, home to Africa. Money raised will go towards ADI’s huge £200,000 habitat construction program for the lions’ forever homes.

Lion Ark is available to purchase on DVD for £8.00

To view a secure online screener of Lion Ark for review purposes, please email for password and link - Devon Prosser

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Best Documentary Omaha International Film Festival
People’s Choice Award, Boulder International Film Festival
Best Documentary Alhambra Theatre Film Festival
Audience Award Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival
Audience Choice Best Documentary, San Diego Film Festival
Audience Choice Environmental Film Sedona International Film Festival
Audience Favorite Documentary Palm Beach International Film Festival
Best Documentary Sun & Sand: The Mississippi Film & Music Festival
Audience Award YES Film Festival
The Animal Award, Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival
Audience Choice Best Documentary Anchorage International Film Festival
Nominated: Outstanding International Motion Picture, 45th NAACP Image Awards
Official Selections: Raindance Film Festival; Mill Valley Film Festival; Hawaii International Film Festival; Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival; Virginia Film Festival; Starz Denver Film Festival; Beloit International Film Festival; Irvine International Film Festival; Crossroads Festival for Documentary Film & Discourse

Critical acclaim

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