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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

Winter Season Film Pass
  • 1/6/2015 - 4/28/2015
  • $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: Winters season runs from 1/1/15-4/30/15. 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.

Film: Above and Beyond
  • Wed, Apr 22 8:30 PM
  • $5.00

In 1948, a group of American World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. Dir. Roberta Grossman. Produced by Nancy Spielberg. (USA/UK/Israel, 2014, 90 min)

Israel Film Center, JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave

Film: Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front
  • Sun, Apr 26 7:30 PM
  • $5.00

This film documents the dramatic transformation of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the IDF. Looking beyond uniforms, the film explores the inspiring young people who make up the IDF.
Dir. Wayne Kopping (USA/Israel, 2014, 80 min)

Israel Film Center, JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave

Patrolman P.
  • Tue, Apr 28 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

In 1971 the Knapp Commission, entrusted to expose corruption in the New York Police Department, face a major problem—their main source, Frank Serpico, won't wear a wire. A corrupt cop named William Phillips agrees to become their undercover agent in exchange for immunity from a bribery charge, and the evidence he eventually collects leads directly to the indictment of thirty New York cops. But the tables quickly turn when Phillips himself is convicted of a double-homicide. Three decades later and still in prison, Phillips claims he's the victim of a massive police conspiracy.

Dir. Ido Mizrahy (USA, 2013, 91 min)

Followed by a conversation with the director.

Patrolman P Trailer from Ido Mizrahy on Vimeo.

I'm Not a Racist... Am I?
  • Mon, May 04 7:00 PM
  • $5.00 / $10.00

Dir. Catherine Wigginton Greene (USA, 2014, 93 min.)

A diverse group of 12 teens are followed through a yearlong exploration to get at the heart of racism.  Through some tense and painful moments, we see how these difficult conversations affect their relationships with friends and parents, and ultimately challenge them to look deep within themselves.  By the end of their time together, we'll see these remarkable young people develop deeper bonds, a stronger resolve and a bigger, more significant definition of racism than any of us ever imagined.  We'll realize the hard work has only just begun, and these courageous teens won't be the only ones asking, I'm Not Racist...Am I?

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Catherine Wigginton-Greene and Producer André Robert Lee.

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 / $14.00

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 / $14.00

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.

Welcome to Kutsher's
  • Sat, May 23 10:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

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.

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 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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