Rent Summer in the Forest (2017)

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1h 47min
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Like countless others, Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labelled 'idiots', locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960's, 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' invites us to abandon that 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, Andrew is desperate for a date and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil. Jean Vanier, the Catholic philosopher who died in May 2019 at the age of 90, was the pioneer who founded the international federation of L'Arche Communities. There are now 147 Communities in 35 countries. Jean wrote 30 books and was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2015 for humanity. The people of L'Arche's Communities taught Vanier that the weakest people in society can inspire and teach the strongest and that every human being is more beautiful than they dare believe.
Nicky Gumbel, , Michel, ,
Richard Wilson, Randal Wright
The Idiots
Kingsway Distribution
Children & Family, Documentary, Special Interest
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Run Time:
107 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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