PLEASE NOTE: The JBFC Theater is temporarily limiting ticket sales to 50% of capacity. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for ALL in-person screenings and events. Effective Jan. 21, masks may only be removed to enjoy concessions while seated. Details here.

This film has been archived. There are no current shows scheduled.

Summer in the Forest

OCOpen Caption screening
Additional program content
Loading film data

Summer in the Forest

“The sheer humanity absolutely shines through. Viewing should be compulsory.” (Daily Mail)

As a member of the British Royal Navy, the young Jean Vanier was stricken by the horror of the Nazi death camps, which led to a lifelong calling to do good. When he later learned how the mentally ill were labeled “idiots” and warehoused in violent asylums, he found his purpose: He created L’Arche, a community at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris that offers residential support to learning-disabled adults. This uplifting film, characterized by its stillness and peace, reveals Canadian Catholic philosopher Vanier, now in his 80s, living a vibrant life and sharing his philosophy that forming authentic relationships and honoring the weak is the path to being fully human.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

The Jacob Burns Film Center is proud to receive generous support from:

Email Sign Up

Get updates on screenings at the JBFC Theater, streaming content, upcoming events, and more!