Join us for premieres and previews, meet filmmakers, and engage in conversations about topics central to our community.

Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

JCC Manhattan's film program showcases films that promote change and reflect on pertinent themes. Featuring previews and special engagements, CINEMATTERS emphasizes films on social justice, social action, and matters crucial to our New York community and society at large. Presenting movies from around the world, our screenings include special guest speakers, filmmakers, actors, and other interactive opportunities to further engage with the themes in our award-winning films. We believe films move and impact audiences and are one of the most compelling ways to effect change. We invite you to be inspired, join the conversation, and begin to change our world.


Upcoming Screenings

Fall Season Film Pass
  • 9/1/2015 - 12/31/2015
  • $50.00 / $70.00

Purchase a pass for our acclaimed series and enjoy a spectacular season of preview and premiere films, special cinematic events and discussions. Enjoy cutting edge films from around the world, documentaries and special engagements, followed by conversations with filmmakers and special guest speakers.

*USAGE NOTES: Fall season runs from 9/1/15-12/31/15. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in the JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events.*

Labyrinth of Lies
  • Tue, Sep 01 7:30 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Dir. Giulio Ricciarelli (Germany, 2014, 126 min.)

Germany, 1958. At the peak of reconstruction, nobody wants to look back to the time of the National Socialist regime. But a young public prosecutor comes across some documents that help initiate a trial against members of the SS who served in Auschwitz. Both the horrors of the past and the hostility shown towards his work bring Johann close to a meltdown. It is nearly impossible for him to find his way through this maze; everybody seems to have been involved or guilty.

Labyrinth of Lies opens in theaters Sep 25.

The Hand That Feeds
  • Tue, Sep 08 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick (USA, 2014, 84 min.)

An award-winning feature documentary that follows the story of shy sandwich-maker Mahoma López as he unites his undocumented immigrant coworkers to fight abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.

Moderni: A Short Modern Israeli Dance Film Series
  • Wed, Oct 07 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Israel is best known in the art world for its groundbreaking dance and impactful film industry. We bring these forms together with a series of short films relating to Israel's celebrated modern dance scene. Part of a two-day Israeli dance event at JCC Manhattan.

Glove Story (2013) - Trailer from Dana Ruttenberg on Vimeo.

(Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies
  • Tue, Oct 13 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Yael Melamede (USA, 2015, 89 min.)

A documentary feature film that explores the human tendency to be dishonest. Inspired by the work of behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the film interweaves personal stories, expert opinions, behavioral experiments, and archival footage to reveal how and why people lie.

Screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Yael Melamede.

Voices From The Booth
  • Tue, Oct 20 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Lina Chaplin (Israel, 2014, 49 min.)

There are tens of thousands of security guards in Israel, most of them of Russian origin. Many of them used to be well-respected professionals or artists, but when they immigrated to Israel they found themselves doing security work in order to survive. The heroes of our film—former musicians, a writer, and a surgeon—determine to remain creative in spite of it all.

Voices From the Booth is presented by Generation R with generous support from Genesis Philanthropy Group. Enjoy discussion and drinks with fellow RSJ's following the screening.

How to Dance in Ohio
Reelabilities Film Festival
  • Tue, Oct 27 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Alexandra Shiva (USA, 2015, 89 min)

A first kiss. A first dance. These are the rites of passage of American youth that hold the promise of magic, romance, and initiation into adulthood. For some teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum, the transition is nothing less than paralyzing. In Columbus, Ohio, a group of young people with an array of developmental challenges prepares for an iconic event—a spring formal dance. They deconstruct fear and larger-than-life social anxiety one step at a time by picking dates, dresses, and, ultimately, a king and Queen of the prom. How to Dance in Ohio is a story of the universal human need to grow, connect, and belong, uniquely dramatized by individuals facing the deepest struggles with social survival.

Special presentation with HBO.

Other Israel Film Festival
Mr. Kaplan
  • Tue, Nov 17 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Álvaro Brechner (Uruguay, 2014, 98 min.)

In this award winning comedy, Jacob Kaplan breaks away from his ordinary life in Uruguay, when he comes up with a plan to capture an elderly German who he suspects of being a runaway Nazi. Ignoring his family’s concerns about his health, Jacob secretly recruits a questionable former police officer to help him investigate.

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