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

Spring Season Film Pass
  • 5/1/2015 - 6/30/2015
  • $30.00 / $50.00

To ensure tickets to each screening, pre-registration is necessary. Please call the Box Office (646) 505-5708 for availability. Pass does not include film festival screenings. Please continue to check the website for updates and additional films added to the schedule.

Besa: The Promise
  • Tue, May 05 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Special Guest the President of Albania

The never-before-told story of Albania, the small European country which opened its borders to shelter Jewish refugees, even as it endured a brutal Nazi occupation. A Muslim-Albanian must fulfill the promise his father made to a Jewish family he rescued during the Holocaust. When he meets a Jewish photographer who seek to capture the Albanian bravery, an extraordinary and utterly unexpected personal drama is set in motion - one that bridges generations and religions..uniting fathers and sons..Muslims and Jews.

Co-presented by the International Raul Wallenberg Foundation

NY Polish Film Festival: The Muses of Isaac Bashevis
  • Tue, May 12 6:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay (Israel, 2014, 72 min)

Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner, enchanted both on the page and off. He wrote with a "harem" of translators - women who were vital to him both in their work and as sources of his creativity. In this documentary, nine of these women


NY Polish Film Festival: We Are Here
  • Tue, May 12 8:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Francine Zuckerman (Canada/Poland, 2013, 82 min)


The complex and fragile Polish-Jewish relationship through the eyes of five Jews living in Poland today.

Introduced by Annette Insdorf, Columbia University Film Professor.

Sheba Film Festival: Red Leaves
  • Tue, May 19 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Sheba Film Festival: Red Leaves

Dir. Bazi Gete (Israel, 2014, 80 min)

A traditional Ethiopian man, who moved to Israel 28 years ago, attempts to reconnect with his children, and in doing so discovers a gap between their values and his.

DATE: Tue, May 19, 7:30 pm

Welcome to Kutsher's
  • Sat, May 23 10:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Dir. Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg (USA, 2014, 73 min)

Kutsher's Country Club was the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher's was family-owned and operated for over 100 years, until its sale and demolition in 2014. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience, this award-winning film captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes. Presented at the Paul Feig Shavuot Tikkun.

Opening Night VIP Reception
  • Thu, Jun 04 6:00 PM
  • $50.00

Please join us for a VIP Reception in honor of the opening of the 3rd Annual Israel Film Center Festival. This reception will be followed by a screening of Eran Riklis' "A Borrowed Identity," as well as a Q&A with the director.

This reception is generously sponsored by Moatza, a promotional partner of the Israel Film Center Festival.

Israel Film Center Festival Pass
  • 6/4/2015 - 6/11/2015
  • $50.00

Get access to all films screening as part of the 3rd Annual Israel Film Center Festival at JCC Manhattan, excluding special events*.

For full schedule of the festival please visit

Pass does not guarantee seating. Please call the JCC box office (646-505-5708) to reserve your tickets.

*Special events include: Opening Night Screening & Reception and Closing Night Screening.

Audience Select
  • Thu, Jun 11 9:00 PM
  • $11.00

Choose your favorite Israeli film of 2015 to be screened:
Zero Motivation
Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem
The Farewell Party

Visit and vote for your favorite film that was released in the US this year.

The winner will be announced on opening night and screened on June 11, 9 pm. 

Righteous Rebel: Rabbi Avi Weiss + A Woman and A Robe - The Tale
  • Mon, Jun 15 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Righteous Rebel: Rabbi Avi Weiss

Dir. Phil Schneider (USA, 2014, 49 min)

For forty years, both from an international platform as well as from his local pulpit in the Bronx, Rabbi Avi Weiss has been an important voice against injustice. A compelling, insightful, and comprehensive look into Weiss's extraordinary life and how his crusading activism and "speaking truth to power" has inspired others to "show up, stand up, and speak up" in times of crisis.

A Woman and A Robe - The Tale

Dir. Nurit Jacobs-Yinon (Israel 2015, 27 min)

Female voices share stories surrounding the ritual of "Mikvah."

Co-Presented by JOFA and MAHARAT

  • Thu, Jul 09 8:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Milos Forman (USA, 1979, 121 min)

Milos Forman's adaptation of the tribal rock musical about a quiet young man from the Midwest who becomes friendly with a group of New York hippies on his way to begin basic training in the military.

The Graduate
  • Thu, Jul 16 8:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Mike Nichols (USA, 1967, 106 min)

Re-visit the American classic and sing along to the tunes of Simon and Garfunkel. Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is entrapped in an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner, but finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine.

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