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Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

The JCC in 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.

Shtisel Full Series Package
  • 1/20/2015 - 2/23/2015
  • $20.00

This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva.

Shtisel Episodes 5-6
  • Mon, Feb 02 7:00 PM
  • $5.00

This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva.

Little White Lie
  • Tue, Feb 03 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Lacey Schwartz grew up in a typical upper-middle-class household, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity. But after her parents suddenly split up she began to question why she was so much darker than her family. At the age of 18, she finally learns the truth: her biological father was a black man with whom her mother had an affair. Lacey begins a quest to reconcile the hidden pieces of her life and heal her relationship with the only father she ever knew.

Dir. Lacey Schwartz and James Addolphus (USA, 2014, 65 min)

Followed by a conversation with director Lacey Schwartz

Shtisel Episodes 7-8
  • Mon, Feb 09 7:00 PM
  • $5.00

This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva.

Special Preview: Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  • Mon, Feb 09 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

In this winner of the Israeli Academy Award, an Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself on trial.

Dir. Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz (2014, Israel, 116 min)

Co-presented by ARZA

Sounds of Torture
  • Tue, Feb 10 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Since 2006, human trafficking has burgeoned in Egypt's Sinai Desert, where Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees heading north to Israel are kidnapped, held hostage, and tortured by smugglers demanding exorbitant ransoms for their freedom. This powerful documentary intimately follows Swedish-Eritrean journalist Meron Estefanos, her efforts to aid the hostages and their families, and her activism in Israel and Egypt's Sinai Desert. This film provides a spotlight on one of today's most underreported human rights violations and the one woman who is making it her mission to create change.

Dir. Keren Shayo (Israel, 2013, 60 min)

Aya
  • Sat, Feb 14 3:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Academy Award nominee Aya is about two strangers who unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.

Directed by: Mihal Brezis & Oded Binnun ( Israel, 40 min, 2013)

Followed by a Q&A with directors.

Shtisel Episodes 9-10
  • Mon, Feb 16 7:00 PM
  • $5.00

This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva.

Special Preview: God's Slave
  • Tue, Feb 17 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Based on the actual events of a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires. Ahmed has been trained as Islamic terrorist since childhood and is now assigned to execute a suicide bomb at a synagogue. David is the Israeli special agent who will stop at nothing to prevent the attack. But neither man is defined solely by their extremist views. With time running out before the attack, David zeros in on Ahmed as a suspect, his investigation culminating in violent, if unexpected, consequences.

Dir. Joel Novoa (Argentina/Venezuela, 2013, 90 min)

The Polgar Variant
  • Thu, Feb 19 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

 The extraordinary story of three Hungarian-Jewish sisters who were raised to be chess masters in Communist Budapest of the 1970s. The Polgar sisters did not choose to become the heroines of this story. It was their father, who, driven by his educational vision, determined their destiny before they were even born. László Polgár believed that “Geniuses are made, not born,” and he set out to prove it. The canvas he chose was his three daughters; The medium -- chess. The girls were home schooled and devoted their time to studying and practicing chess – with surprising and remarkable results.
Dir. Yossi Aviram (Israel/Hungary, 2014, 68 min)

Followed by post-screening discussion with Susan Polgar.

Shtisel - Finale
  • Mon, Feb 23 7:00 PM
  • $5.00

This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva.

A Universal Language
  • Tue, Mar 03 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

The exciting and hilarious once in a lifetime journey of six Canadian comedians, among them Canadian comedy icon Mark Breslin, as they explore comedy, identity and history throughout the Holy Land and use the weapons of comedy to try and bring laughter to the Middle East.

Dir. Igal Hecht (Canada, 2013, 80 min)

Followed by a conversation with the director and a special guest.

Touch the Wall
  • Sun, Mar 22 4:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

The story of two amazing women and their their journey to swimming's highest stage - the 2012 London Olympics. The young phenom (Missy Franklin) is just beginning her career and is saddled with mile-high expectations; the veteran (Kara Lynn Joyce) is trying to rediscover the juice that took her the previous two Olympics. Touch the Wall is a story of winning and losing, of commitment, and triumph through adversity. It’s also a story of family, of loving what you do, and having fun with the people around you. In a world starved for heroes, Missy and Kara stand tall in Touch the Wall.

Dir. Grant Barbeito and Christo Brock (USA, 2014, 101 min)

Red Father
  • Thu, Mar 26 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

The story of the rise and fall of Bernard Ades— a Communist Jewish lawyer who sought to end systemic legal racism in Maryland, fought fascism with the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, and became a target himself during the dark days of America's McCarthyism.

Dir. Tova Beck-Friedman (USA, 2014, 56 min)

Followed by a conversation with the director.

Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream
  • Sun, Mar 29 3:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

As it has since 1925, the Streit's matzo factory sits in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. In a neighborhood where the Jewish immigrants have long ago moved on, in a nation where progress and profits trump all else, where manufacturing has left the cities if not the country, where family businesses are bought out by giant corporations and workers move from job to low paying job, Streit's remains a Lower East Side institution, and a glimmer of hope for the American Dream.

Dir. Michael Levine
(USA, 2014, 75 min)

Get a free box of Streit's matzo at the screening!

Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream
  • Sun, Mar 29 5:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

As it has since 1925, the Streit's matzo factory sits in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. In a neighborhood where the Jewish immigrants have long ago moved on, in a nation where progress and profits trump all else, where manufacturing has left the cities if not the country, where family businesses are bought out by giant corporations and workers move from job to low paying job, Streit's remains a Lower East Side institution, and a glimmer of hope for the American Dream.

Dir. Michael Levine
(USA, 2014, 75 min)

The Farewell Party (Mita Tova)
  • Mon, Mar 30 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Yehezkel and his wife Levana are in their 70s, lliving a comfortable life inside a Jerusalem retirement home. But when their friend Max falls prey to an irreversible illness, they face a terrible shock. When Max asks Yehezkel to help him die with dignity, Yehezkel, a longtime amateur inventor, rises to the challenge by constructing a machine that will allow Max to self-administer a lethal dose of tranquilizers. Levana, however, believes that such a device is immoral, and expresses her passionate disapproval. But when Levana herself begins to face a serious health issue, Yehezkel finds that his feelings about his new contraption become increasingly complicated.

Dir. Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit
(Israel, 2014, 90 min)

24 Days
  • Tue, Mar 31 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

January 20, 2006. After dinner with his family, Ilan Halimi called an attractive girl he had met at work and made plans to meet her for coffee. The next time Ilan's family heard from him, it was through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding a ransom in exchange for their son's life. For the next 24 days Ilan’s family waited. Based on a book co-written by the victim's mother.

Dir. Alexandre Arcady (France, 2014, 108 min)

Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream
  • Tue, Apr 07 6:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

As it has since 1925, the Streit's matzo factory sits in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. In a neighborhood where the Jewish immigrants have long ago moved on, in a nation where progress and profits trump all else, where manufacturing has left the cities if not the country, where family businesses are bought out by giant corporations and workers move from job to low paying job, Streit's remains a Lower East Side institution, and a glimmer of hope for the American Dream.

Dir. Michael Levine
(USA, 2014, 75 min)

Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream
  • Tue, Apr 07 6:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

As it has since 1925, the Streit's matzo factory sits in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. In a neighborhood where the Jewish immigrants have long ago moved on, in a nation where progress and profits trump all else, where manufacturing has left the cities if not the country, where family businesses are bought out by giant corporations and workers move from job to low paying job, Streit's remains a Lower East Side institution, and a glimmer of hope for the American Dream.

Dir. Michael Levine
(USA, 2014, 75 min)

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.

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