More action adventure than traditional documentary, LION ARK follows the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescue, with a narrative meticulously compiled from film, interviews, conversations and the reactions of participants as events actually unfold. A shocking undercover investigation leads to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia. But the circuses defy the law. The team behind the investigation returns, tracks down the illegal circuses and saves every animal. The confrontations, heartache and incredible risks the rescue team face are all captured before a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom in Colorado. An uplifting story of bravery, compassion, camaraderie and determination. How a poor but proud country said “no” to cruelty and how attitudes to animals were changed across an entire continent. Director Tim Phillips drops by to talk about the risks and rewards of his team’s harrowing adventure.
Lion Ark screens at the Irvine International Film Festival on Tuesday, January 14th at 8 PM.