Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) is a 2006 epic war drama film based on the Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish, and German soldiers. They broke military law and emerged from their bunkers for a brief interlude of merrimaking and mourning with their enemy combatants. During the spontaneous cease-fire, the soldiers sang, drank, exchanged cigarettes and chocolate, and buried their fallen brothers. The last survivor, Scottish veteran Alfred Anderson, died in 2005 at the age of 109. He called it "a short peace in a terrible war." Joyeux Noël is a war film that humanizes the soldiers, acknowledges their connectedness, and portrays the gory, absurdity, and hypocrisy of war. Runtime: 1h 56m. English subtitles when German and French is being spoken.
The live-stream film can also be viewed on youTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP1w-ymh_t13xi8y4WoYK7Q
This event is sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Monterey County Branch and is co-sponsored by the Peace Coalition of Monterey County and the Monterey Peace and Justice Center.
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