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

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
  • Tue, Dec 01 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. John Lollos (USA, 2014, 75 min.)

Portraits of two beloved icons -Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel - are woven together in this enchanting documentary. The two men have much in common: wit, wisdom, and talent, all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit. Theodore Bikel, the performer whose career spanned more than 150 screen roles (including an Oscar-nominated turn in The Defiant Ones) and countless stage and musical productions, was also the foremost interpreter of Sholom Aleichem's work. Bikel played Tevye the Milkman on stage more than 2,000 times, and he animated Aleichem's work through his creation of two celebrated musical plays about the great Russian author. The film Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem combines Bikel's charismatic storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of Aleichem's remarkable life and work.

Special Offer: If you purchased tickets on or before Nov 27, you were automatically entered into a raffle to win one of three pairs of tickets to Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. Winners will be announced before the screening.

Tree Man
  • Tue, Dec 08 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Jon Reiner & Brad Rothschild (USA, 2015, 82 min.)

Every holiday season, hundreds of Christmas tree sellers descend upon the streets of New York City to ply their trade. Having left their homes and families behind, often living out of their cars and vans, they endure the adversity of a migrant's survival. Francois, a "Tree Man" and father of three from Quebec, returns to the same Manhattan street corner each year to deliver the magic of the season. TREE MAN explores Francois' journey and the relationships that sustain him -- with his customers, employees and the people of his adopted neighborhood. While he may sell trees for a living, it is his role as the neighborhood Tree Man that draws the community closer together and gives meaning to his grueling month far from home.

Special Preview: Son of Saul
  • Tue, Dec 15 7:30 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Dir. László Nemes (Hungary, 2015, 107 min.)

Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix

October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.

Son of Saul opens in theaters Dec 18.

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