Film ‘Summer in the Forest’ Challenging Stigmas

New York, N.Y.  Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled ‘idiots’, locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release – the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L’Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born.

SUMMER IN THE FOREST (2017) OFFICIAL TRAILER from Summer In The Forest on Vimeo.

Now in his 80s, and still at L’Arche, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten – what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy. SUMMER IN THE FOREST invites us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships.


Amid the ancient trees, Philippe, Patrick, Jean and the others welcome us into their lives. If there are rules to break, they will be broken and if there is a truth to be told, they will tell it. Michel reveals his war torn past, Andre is desperate for a date, and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil.

“Breathtakingly beautiful… the keynote is joy…
It will make you laugh. It will make you cry.
And it will remind you of what it really means to be strong”

– The Guardian 

Good News for theater goers for Summer in the Forest ( which opens on March 23-30, at the Village East Cinema. Groups of 20+ will be given free tickets, as they secured a sponsor.  To receive the tickets, please reach out to: Telephone (212) 647-1212.

Show Times:  12:05, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30  Location:  Village East Cinemas 181-189 Second Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10003.

“An inspirational and critically acclaimed film Summer in the Forest about the life and work of Jean Vanier and L’Arche, is about to be released in the U.S. starting in New York on March 23rd, then Los Angeles on April 6th – and then nationwide.

Jean, a Templeton prize winner, has been a pioneer of inclusion and disability rights since the 1960’s, and this deeply moving film changes people’s perspective on disability and powerfully demonstrates that we are all the same. Please encourage everyone you know to come! 

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Coming to Theaters Beginning March 23.

Opens March 23rd at the Village East Cinema in New York and
April 6th at the Laemmle Music Hall in LA, with additional cities to follow.

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