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A new film in the cinema from June 23rd, about Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche, a Body in Association of CTE.
About the film
An extraordinary new documentary film, Summer in the Forest, is arriving in UK cinemas on 23rd June. It is a story about our search for love and true friendship. It is a moving portrait of life at a community where God's love for the vulnerable is lived out. And in a remarkable reversal of conventional wisdom it shows that the answers we crave can be found among some of our most marginalised people.
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 and a quiet revolution was born. Now in his 80s, still at L'Arche and revered by some as a living saint, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten - what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy.
Damaris Media has produced a Companion Booklet to accompany the film, which explores the themes, issues and characters seen in it. This will be available as a free download from the film’s website at
To find cinema screening dates, purchase the film as a digital download, and access the free Companion Booklet see
Comments on Summer in the Forest
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury:
“I am delighted to see the story of Jean Vanier's inspired work being shared in film.  The work of Jean Vanier has reshaped attitudes to those with learning difficulties, and that reshaping has overflowed into a deeper appreciation of what we share in being human, and how those who imagine themselves to be strong are taught by those whom many consider to be weak.” -
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor:
“It was a marvelous film. Jean Vanier’s presence and words were very precious. What I appreciated so much was the way the music, the woods, the animals so blended together and, of course, the characters themselves were most appealing. I think the film will touch many people and remind them of our own vulnerability and how we must accept everyone, whatever the condition, as brothers and sisters.” 
Nicky Gumbel, HTB church:
“The message at the heart of the New Testament is the message right at the heart of L'Arche: you are loved.” 

Watch the trailer for the film Summer in the Forest:  

On release in cinemas and online from 23 June

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