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Summer in the Forest
Documentary filmmaker Randall Wright travels to a beautiful forest on the outskirts of Paris, which is home to L'Arche - a commune founded by philosopher Jean Vanier in the 1960s to provide refuge to gentle souls, who had been locked away in asylums and dubbed 'idiots' because of their intellectual disabilities. Summer In The Forest traces the history of some of these residents including Andre, Michel, Patrick and Philippe, who have forged lifelong friendships in the forest idyll and unlocked talents that might have otherwise never come to light. The film also champions the gregarious Jean, now in his 80s and still living at L'Arche, for kick-starting a quiet revolution and protecting a section of society, who were met with prejudice, intolerance and misunderstanding.