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

The People vs. Fritz Bauer
  • Tue, Aug 09 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Lars Kraume (Germany, 2015, 105 min.)

Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS ­Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The man responsible for the mass deportation of Jews is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to bring Third Reich crimes to court ever since his return from exile in Denmark--with no success so far due to fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Authorities also attempt to use his homosexuality to muzzle him. Because of his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service, Mossad, and so commits treason. Bauer is not seeking revenge for the Holocaust--he is concerned with Germany's future.

Screening followed by Q&A

Los Abandonados
  • Tue, Aug 16 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Matthew A. Taylor (Argentina, 2016, 78 min.)

In 1994, the largest terrorist attack in the Western Hemisphere prior to the September 11th attacks occurred in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The bombing of  AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, a Jewish community center) took the lives of 85 and injured hundreds. The investigation into this bombing eventually passed into the hands of Argentine prosecutor Natalio Alberto Nisman. On January 14, 2015, Mr. Nisman accused Argentina’s current president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, along with other government officials of covering up Iran’s alleged role in the AMIA bombing. Mr. Nisman was discovered dead in his apartment four days later, hours before he was set to present his findings to Argentina’s Congress. Los Abandonados, a documentary by Electrolift Creative, tells the story of the AMIA attack, Mr. Nisman’s investigation, and his death, through first-person reporting.

Copresented with The Algemeiner. Screening followed by Q&A.

Central Park: The People's Place
  • Tue, Sep 06 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Martin L. Birnbaum (USA, 2016, 89 min.)

A new documentary about everyone’s favorite park, celebrating Central Park’s democratic birth and diversity—of people, activities, history, landscapes, and values. Over several years, director Dr. Martin L. Birnbaum photographed the park at different seasons, creating a visual poem. As he met other park lovers, the film grew into its current form—a 90-minute documentary, with beautiful cinematography and original music.

“Martin Birnbaum’s film perfectly captures this truly great American public space”

—Douglas Blonsky, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy

Beyond Measure
  • Tue, Sep 13 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Vicki Abeles (USA, 2015, 85 min.)

This film is a call to action to students, parents, educators, and anyone who cares about the future of the American education system. It demonstrates how innovation can and does work to break the stifling status quo. Director-producer Vicki Abeles has crafted a smart companion piece to her award-winning Race to Nowhere that challenges the current education model of cookie-cutter teaching methods and a narrow, test-driven culture that leaves little room for creativity. Following a diverse group of educators across the country who are successfully pioneering fresh and often radically new approaches in their schools, the film showcases the viewpoints of faculty, students, and thought leaders in the education field. In answer to the big question of whether individuals and communities can drive the US teaching system back to the vital business of helping kids learn how to learn, it offers a collective “yes, we can.”

Screening followed by Q&A.

Sand Storm
  • Tue, Sep 20 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Elite Zexer (Israel, 2016, 87 min.)

Winner, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Sundance 2016

As wedding festivities get underway in a Bedouin village in Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband Suliman’s marriage to a second, much younger wife. During the celebration, Jalila stumbles upon her daughter Layla’s involvement with a boy from her university—a forbidden liaison that would shame the family, which Jalila tries to clamp down on and is met with resistance from Layla.

Sand Storm is a story of tradition, modernity, and divided family that upends expectations. Elite Zexer’s directorial debut portrays the emotionally layered relationship between mother and daughter, both bound by custom while struggling to adapt to a changing world. Zexer’s artful storytelling derives its authenticity, complexity, rich detail, and subtle humor from the 10 years she spent interacting with Bedouin women.

Screening followed by Q&A

  • Thu, Sep 29 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Amanda Lundquist (USA, 2016, 90 min.)

In the wake of a bad breakup and the death of her grandfather, Sophia Pinsky moves back home with her controlling Russian grandmother and is forced to reevaluate the terms of her adult life. Whether you're first generation Russian, Jewish, American, or none of the above, you're welcome to join us for a night of Pinsky and a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Screening followed by Q&A with director Amanda Lundquist and producer & lead actress, Rebecca Karpovsky.

Copresented with Generation R. Generation R programs are generously supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group. Pinsky was made possible through the COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Program.

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