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Saturday, November 22, 2014


The Christmas Truce, a film screening of the French film Joyeux Noël (English subtitles) will take place at St Olav’s Church in Durban on November 29.

The screening is hosted by LLLkzn, a non-profit organization offering educational events and courses to the general public in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

The "Christmas truce" is a term used to describe a series of unofficial cessations of hostilities that occurred along the Western Front during Christmas 1914. World War One had been raging for several months but German and Allied soldiers stepped out of their trenches, shook hands and agreed a truce so the dead could be buried. The soldiers also used that truce to chat with one another and, some claim, even play a football match.

Unofficial truces between opposing forces occurred at other times during World War One but never on the scale of that first Christmas truce.

The truce is often seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events of human history. It was not ubiquitous; in some regions of the front, fighting continued throughout the day, while in others, little more than an arrangement to recover bodies was made. A few units arranged ceasefires with their opponents over Christmas, but the truces were not nearly as widespread as in 1914

The film will be screened at 14h30 on November 29 at St Olav’s Church, 214 St Thomas Road, Berea, Durban. The film has a PG-13 rating. Tickets R100 (R50 students) and light refreshments will be served afterwards. The film is produced in English with subtitles only when there is French or German dialogue. Booking is essential on 073 725 7381 or email

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