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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, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Remy Ballivan Remy Ballivan ... Himself
Bob Barker ... Himself
Martin Beltran Martin Beltran ... Himself
Diego Cortes Diego Cortes ... Himself
Pat Craig Pat Craig ... Himself
Jan Creamer Jan Creamer ... Herself
Jimena Delgadillo Jimena Delgadillo ... Herself
Pat Derby ... Herself
Ximena Flores Ximena Flores ... Herself
Jorja Fox ... Herself
David Kopp ... Himself
Tim Phillips Tim Phillips ... Himself
Pedro Ribera Pedro Ribera ... Himself
Mel Richardson ... Himself
Gabriel Rivero Gabriel Rivero ... Himself
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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 return, track down the illegal circuses and save 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. Written by Anonymous

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They lifted the curtain. Freedom roared.


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Country:

USA | UK | Bolivia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lví archa See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolivia See more »

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ADI Films See more »
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Color
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Mel Richardson: It's probably the proudest moment in my 42 years working with captive animals, to be able to be involved in this.
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A film that changed the world
2 November 2013 | by lpatterson83See all my reviews

This is a film that changed the circus world as we know it. I always loved the circus as a child, the awful smells, the animals that I got to see up close and the action and excitement. This film takes you behind the scenes to places you really don't want to go.

It really lifts up the rock of Circus's and shows you what is underneath.

The film showed far more technical and logistical issues than I expected, but they were key to the film. How do you move a lion who really is starving and pretty filled with rage?

It's a poignant story that will affect how and IF there ever are circus's in the future. Starting in Bolivia a tiny country that banned the traveling circus, and going on to show how other country's have.

This is a film that you want to see because it will change what we think of as a nice event to take your children too, and if you go for no other reason, you will see one of the most beautiful, elegant and terrifying lions ever!!!


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