Lion Ark

by Tim Phillips 2013 57'

A shocking undercover investigation leads to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia that continued to defy the law. Through interviews and the real-time reactions of rescuers as the events unfold, we follow the rescue team behind the investigation to track down the illegal circuses and save 25 lions subsequently airlifted to freedom in Colorado. They, along with other animals rescued during the enterprise, are the true protagonists.A story of bravery, compassion, camaraderie and determination. How a poor but proud country said 'no' to animal cruelty and how attitudes to animals were changed across an entire continent.


Tim Phillips

Film submission

26° Festival


05 June - 11 June 2023

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