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

Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game
  • Tue, Dec 19 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Howard L. Weiner (US, 2017, 90 min.)
Formerly titled The Last Poker Game

When Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau) moves into Cliffside Manor nursing home with his deteriorating wife, Molly, he forms an improbable friendship with gambler and womanizer Phil Nicoletti (Paul Sorvino). At first, Abe feels that moving into the home is the end of the road, but he soon realizes that his life is finding a whole new beginning. Abe and Phil’s friendship is challenged when a mysterious nurse claims that her biological father resides in the home. Both Abe and Phil jump at the chance to convince Angela, and themselves, that they are her father. Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game is written and directed by world-renowned neurologist and first time director Howard Weiner.

“The film tells a moving and complex story, and it features one of Landau’s final and finest performances.” - The Jerusalem Post

Official Selection at Tribeca Film Festival 2017

Screening followed by Q&A with director

Winter Season Film Pass
  • 1/1/2018 - 4/30/2018
  • $55.00 / $75.00

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. 

Winter season runs from 1/1/18-4/30/18. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings.

To ensure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Pass does not constitute ticket to film/events. Please claim tickets in the JCC lobby or call the box office at 646-505-5708.

Special Preview: Humor Me
  • Tue, Jan 09 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Sam Hoffman (US, 2017, 93 min.)

Sam Hoffman - the creative force behind the book series, web series, and Off-Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes - makes his feature debut with Humor Me. Jemaine Clement stars as Nate, a once-acclaimed New York playwright struggling to finish his new play when his wife (Maria Dizzia) leaves him and takes their son. Desolate, broke, and unable to pay the rent, Nate begrudgingly moves in with his widowed father, Bob (Elliott Gould), at a New Jersey retirement golf community. Father and son face many challenges while living together, but through ups and downs, they learn to appreciate their differences. (In NYC theaters Jan. 12)

"Gould sketches his character deftly and demonstrates his professional savvy. Clement makes a winsome sad sack hero." - Hollywood Reporter

Official Selection at Los Angeles Film Festival 2017

Screening followed by Q&A with director

Special Preview: The Insult
  • Wed, Jan 10 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Ziad Doueiri (Lebanon, 2017, 112 min.)

In today’s Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another. (In NYC theaters Jan. 26)

The Insult will become a major talking point.” - Variety

Compelling….Rich with feelings that transcend the sprawling national backdrop.” - IndieWire

2017 Official Oscar Entry - Lebanon: Best Foreign Language Film
Official Selection Venice International Film Festival 2017: Winner, Best Actor (Kamel El Basha)
Official Selection Telluride Film Festival 2017
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2017

Screening followed by Q&A with director moderated by film scholar Annette Insdorf

Ali "Me Whee"
  • Mon, Jan 15 5:00 PM
  • $5.00

Dir. Arny Stone (US, 1975, 30 min.)

Screening for the first time in 40 years in honor of MLK Jr. Day. Shot in 1975 in and around his training camp in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania and in Las Vegas Ali “Me Whee” captures an incredible moment in time in Muhammad Ali’s life. At the peak of his career, his love for kids and general philosophy of life shine through with appearances by luminaries from the boxing and entertainment world. Highlights include his legendary 1975 commencement speech at Harvard University.

Screening followed by Q&A with executive producer, Drew Stone

  • Tue, Jan 23 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Co-Presented by The Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility

Dir. Peter Bratt (US, 2017, 96 min.)

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

Dolores is finally receiving deserved recognition as "one of the great heroes of our time" (SF Chronicle) as Peter Bratt's film sets the record straight and shows how she "has made activism an art form" (New York Times). See for yourself how Dolores "defines indefatigable" (Chicago Tribune) and why this "compelling movie heroine" ( "deserves her place within the pantheon of labor leaders, civil rights activists, and feminists" (Slant).

Screening followed by Q&A

The Testament
  • Tue, Jan 30 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Amichai Greenberg (Israel, 2017, 96 min.)

Showing in honor of International Holocaust Rememberance Day is the New York premiere of The Testament. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth. Yoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, is embroiled in a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria concerning a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of WWII in the village of Lensdorf. An influential family of industrialists on whose land the murder took place is planning to build a real estate project on the very same land. Yoel suspects that their aim is to bury the affair for good, but has trouble finding conclusive evidence that would stop the project. ?While investigating the incident, Yoel examines classified testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and to his shock and surprise finds a testimony given by his mother, which he didn't know existed.

Winner - Best Film, Haifa International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection, Venice Film Festival 2017

Screening followed by Q&A

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