The award winning rescue documentary Lion Ark – the story of the dramatic rescue of twenty five lions from circuses in Bolivia – returns to London for a free screening at the Royal Horticultural Halls this Saturday, August 19.
The acclaimed film, which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and rescue team leaders, forms part of This is our world, a charity event raising awareness about wildlife and conservation through a unique collection of life-size paintings and series of talks.
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.
Lion Ark 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, 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.”
Prior to the screening on Saturday, August 19, filmmakers and rescue team leaders Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips will also talk about the 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. The talk titled “Operation Spirit of Freedom – saving Peru’s circus animals” will be held from 2-4pm.
Event: Screening of Lion Ark
Where: Royal Horticultural Hall, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2PE
When: Saturday, August 19
Cost: Free entry
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