In 1964, Jean Vanier, a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, created the first L’Arche community in the village of Trosly in France. Forty-nine years later there are 146 L’Arche communities for the developmentally disadvantaged around the world. Our film celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the beginnings of that achievement in France and in Canada.
In Love and Belonging, Jean Vanier shares his memories of the early days of L’Arche and the spiritual insights its subsequent development has provided. These recollections are supplemented by the narration of Peter Flemington and by excerpts from the film he made only three years after the founding of the first L’Arche community in 1964. The music is supplied by current residents and assistants at that community at Trosly-Breuil providing both a history and a meditation on a rich and rewarding spiritual adventure.
Love and Belonging: Jean Vanier at L’Arche was produced and written by the late Richard Nielsen of Norflicks Productions Ltd., and was directed by Jim Hanley and Executive Produced by Moses Znaimer.
Learn more about the L’Arche Foundation and its continued efforts to improve the lives of those with disabilities by visiting the L’Arche Canada website.