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

Thank You For Your Service
  • Tue, Jun 28 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Tom Donahue (USA, 2015, 88 min.)

The U.S. military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. Thank You for Your Service takes aim at our superficial understanding of war trauma and the failed policies that result. Director Tom Donahue interweaves the stories of four struggling Iraq War veterans with candid interviews of top military and civilian leaders. Observing the systemic neglect, the film argues for significant internal change and offers a roadmap of hope. Interviews include Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen, Generals David Petraeus and Loree Sutton, Nicholas Kristof, Dexter Filkins, Senator Patty Murray, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson.

Screening followed by Q&A

The Tenth Man
  • Tue, Jul 19 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Daniel Burman (Argentina, 2016, 80 min.)

Ariel returns to Buenos Aires after years away, seeking to reconnect with his father, Usher, who has founded a charity foundation in Once—the city’s Jewish district where Ariel spent his youth. Usher appears to be staving off a meeting with his son; instead, he ropes Ariel into a number of small assignments, in the course of which Ariel meets Eva who volunteers for Usher's charity. Like Ariel, she too feels estranged from her father, and no longer speaks. Together they look back at the past in order to shape the present. Eva's radiant inner strength and independent spirit inspires Ariel to come to grips with the religious customs of his Jewish community, as well as the traditions that once divided him and his father, and rethink his own identity. Director Daniel Burman explores the interplay of forces within a father/son relationship.

Special Preview: Indignation
  • Tue, Jul 26 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. James Schamus (USA, 2016, 110 min.)

Based on Philip Roth's novel set in 1951. Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on a scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War.  Once there, Marcus's growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon) and his clashes with the college's imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family's best-laid plans to the ultimate test.

Up on the Roof: Labyrinth
  • Thu, Jul 28 8:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Jim Henson (USA, 1986, 101 min.)

Sing along to the David Bowie classic. Teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is left to babysit her brother, Toby. While telling him a story to put him to sleep, she inadvertently conjures the Goblin King (David Bowie) who steals the child and brings him to his castle in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah must solve the labyrinth by midnight before Toby is turned into a goblin.

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. 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.

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

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