The Portland EcoFilm Festival presents the 1966 classic BORN FREE, presented in person by Steven Wise, world-renowned animal rights lawyer and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project.
A portion of the box office proceeds will be donated to the Nonhuman Right Project, which works to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, advocacy and education. Post-film discussion and Q & A with Steven Wise.
Released in 1966, BORN FREE quickly became a wildly-popular film that forever altered the way humans look at their relationship to lions and wildlife's right to live free of captivity. Based on real life events, the film tells the story of the emotional bond between Joy and George Adamson and Elsa, the orphaned lion cub they raise to adulthood before successfully releasing back into the Kenyan wilderness. Winner of Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Song , and the Directors Guild of America's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, the film remains a beloved cinematic classic.