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.


 

Other Israel Film Festival: November 2-9

The Other Israel Film Festival uses film to foster social awareness and cultural understanding. The Festival presents dramatic and documentary films, as well as engaging panels about history, culture, and identity on the topic of minority populations in Israel with a focus on Arab citizens. Join us for a week-long festival of award-winning international films as well as engaging conversations on hot topics that illuminate the diversity of Israeli society. Participate in panel discussions with filmmakers and other special guests, gala events, and more.


Upcoming Screenings

Fall Season Film Pass
  • 9/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
  • $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.

Fall season runs from 9/1/17-12/31/17. 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: 1945
  • Mon, Oct 23 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Co-Presented by Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center, New York

Dir. Ferenc Török (Hungary, 2017, 91 min.)

In this astonishingly haunting film, based on a short story by Gábor T. Szántó, deep undercurrents run beneath the surface in a quaint village that's ultimately forced to face up to its ill-gotten gains from World War II. On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled "fragrances." The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property, lost during the war, be returned. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own. (In NYC theaters Nov 1.)

"A fresh, intelligent cinematic approach to a difficult topic that takes on a transitional time in Hungarian history with subtlety and nuance." - Variety   

Screening followed by Q&A with director Ferenc Török and author Gábor T. Szántó moderated by renowned film professor Annette Insdorf.

Operation Wedding
  • Tue, Oct 31 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov (Israel/Latvia, 2016, 62 min.)

Co-presented with Generation R, World Jewish Congress - North America, National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ), and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

In 1970 in Leningrad, a group of young Jewish dissidents plots to hijack an empty plane and escape the USSR. Caught by the KGB a few steps from boarding, they were tried for treason—some were sentenced to death, others sent to the gulags. Filmmaker Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov grew up hearing the dramatic story of her parents’ attempted escape, and 45 years after the events, she made this documentary together with her mother. They retrace the group’s journey from a Soviet airport to a KGB prison and beyond. Archives, reenactments, and interviews with KGB officers enhance this inspiring story of young Jews who imagined freedom and cracked the Iron Curtain.

Screening followed by Q&A with Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov

Generation R is supported by The Jewish Education Project, with generous funding from the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Other Israel Film Festival Pass
  • 11/2/2017 - 11/9/2017
  • $40.00

The Other Israel Film Festival pass is good for five (5) general admission tickets based on availability. Special events & programs excluded. See a full list of films at otherisrael.org/films.

Your pass is not a ticket and must be exchanged at the box office at least 30 minutes prior to show time. Pass does not guarantee admission, please reserve your tickets ahead of time, as screenings do sell out.

The JCC Manhattan box office can be reached at 646.505.5708

One of Us
  • Tue, Nov 14 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Co-presented by Footsteps & Provided by Netlfix

Dir. Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (US, 2017, 94 min.)

In their new documentary One of Us, acclaimed filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, Detropia) take a deep and moving look at the lives of three individuals who have chosen to leave the hugely insular world of Hasidic Judaism. Produced over three years, One of Us offers unique and intimate access to the lives of all three as they deal not only with questions of their beliefs but also with the consequences of leaving the only community they have ever known. With their trademark sensitivity and keen interest in the nature of faith, Ewing & Grady chronicle these journeys towards personal freedom that comes at a very high cost.

Screening followed by Q&A with directors

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  • 11/25/2017 - 11/30/2017
  • $10.00 / $15.00

Dir. Alexandra Dean (USA, 2017, 90 min.)

Hedy Lamarr, the 1940s screen siren, was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart, and Clark Gable on the big screen. Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary brings to light her lesser-known career as an inventor. Lamarr, an Austrian-Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, came up with a secret communication system called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications. This feat would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi technology. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years. Lamarr’s fans never knew that in addition to her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, she possessed such a beautiful mind as well.

Saturday, Nov 25, 6:00 PM - Tickets
Saturday, Nov 25, 8:00 PM - Tickets
Sunday, Nov 26, 3:00 PM - Tickets
Sunday, Nov 26, 5:00 PM - Tickets
Thursday, Nov 30, 6:00 PM - Tickets
Thursday, Nov 30, 8:00 PM - Tickets

“A thoroughly engaging eye-opening showbiz doc!” - Hollywood Reporter

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