SUMMER IN THE FOREST explores the life and work of Catholic author and philosopher Jean Vanier. It traces Vanier’s activism and faith from wartime to present day and reveals to us the universal need for love, community and companionship. Like countless others , Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labelled “ idiots”, locked away and forgotten in violent asylums until the 1960’s. 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 community for people with disabilities, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. And with that, a quiet revolution was born.