Unity Goes To The Movies Hosted By Rod Kennedy: Joyeux Noel

Joyeux Noel

Sunday 16, 2019


Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) is a 2005 epic war drama film based on the Christmas truce of December 1914 depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers. It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards.

In 1914 during World War I. numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal and unauthorized truce on Christmas Eve where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man’s Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French, Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence.  Joyeux Noel demonstrates just how ludicrous war really is and how the human spirit can overcome blind hatred.

Run Time: 1h 56m

Followed by a discussion of the film and Unity principles.

Unity Goes to the Movies was begun in April 2011 at The Unity Center of New York City for the purpose of showing movies that illustrate life lessons and instruct. It is hosted by Rod Kennedy who selects films that are drawn from the opus of movies made in Hollywood over the years that have come to influence and define our culture.

Much like the stories that were incorporated into the Bible, some of these movies are modern teachable moments about every day life that can instruct us on our spiritual path. After each movie, Mr. Kennedy hosts a discussion where everyone gets a chance to offer his or her insights and comment about the film.