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Acclaimed rescue movie Lion Ark roars into Toronto for Canadian premiere

Posted: 30 August 2017. Updated: 31 August 2017

The multi-award winning, rescue documentary Lion Ark will be screening at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto on Wednesday 13th September at 7:00pm. - the Canadian premiere of the film.

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.

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.

ADI specializes in complex rescue operations, like the rescue and relocation of the 25 lions in Lion Ark and 33 lions from circuses in Peru and Colombia flown home to Africa last year. The Toronto screening will be followed by a Q&A with the rescue team leaders and the director and producer of Lion Ark, Tim Phillips and Jan Creamer.

Lion Ark Director Tim Phillips notes that although eye-opening the film is fun and uplifting: “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.”

View trailer at

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:00pm

WHERE: Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 1J5


During the Q&A, the filmmakers will also talk about the latest rescue –Operation Spirit of Freedom - where over 100 wild animals were recently 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 at the screening will go towards ADI’s life-saving work.

Find out more about Lion Ark at!

Media contacts:

Lori De Waal | 818-817-4444 |

ADI Media Desk | 323-804-9920 |

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