The McKinley Foundation is a proud partner of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative. For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century. The Film Committee will present a series of films throughout the year exploring these ideals.
Wednesday, December 12 at 7 PM
Joyeux Noel: Based on the true story of three armies in the bloody trenches of World War I – and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge.
With the advent of World War I, Europe is thrown into a brutal and vicious chaos as men are forced to kill or be killed. While blood soaks the battlefield as Christmas approaches, the men in the trenches of the Western Front face a transformation, however fleeting, toward peace and goodwill. Against all odds, four unlikely individuals from opposing sides bond during this bloodless respite to experience the hope and goodness in humanity.
Stay for the post-screening community conversation around freedom from fear and freedom to worship.
PG-13 | | Drama , History | 2005 (France)| Fully subtitled
Admission is free and open to the public.
The McKinley Foundation Theater is located at 809 S. Fifth Street in Champaign, at the corner of 5th and Daniel. Free parking is available at the parking garage across the street, weeknights after 5 PM and weekends.