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Award winning documentary 'Lion Ark' in Johannesburg for DVD release

Posted: 29 November 2016. Updated: 29 November 2016

The award-winning film Lion Ark – the story of the dramatic rescue of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia – makes its triumphant return to Johannesburg on Saturday 3rd December at vegetarian restaurant Conscious 108. The screening, hosted by Ban Animal Trading, is timed for Lion Ark’s recent release on DVD.

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Moviegoers can enjoy Lion Ark for one night only for R50, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and rescue team, and exclusive footage from this year’s rescue in Peru, when over 30 lions came home to Africa.
The event is raising money for the R3,537,742 ($250,000) habitat construction for the lions’ forever homes.

WHEN: Saturday 3rd December, 7:00pm
WHERE: Conscious 108, 108 Greenway, Greenside Johannesburg
TICKETS: E-mail booking to

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.

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, while exciting and leaves people with a smile on their face – everybody can make a difference.”

Kathy Watson, Ban Animal Trading said: "As Ban Animal Trading, actively campaigning to end animal circuses in South Africa, we are absolutely thrilled to be hosting a special screening of Lion Ark and affording our valuable campaign supporters the opportunity to meet the hugely inspirational ADI team. This incredibly moving and inspirational documentary, together with the wonderful work done by ADI worldwide, give us hope for a better future for all animals!"

Lion Ark is available to buy on DVD »

Find out more about Lion Ark at

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

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