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

Fall Season Film Pass
  • 9/1/2016 - 12/31/2016
  • $50.00 / $70.00

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.

*USAGE NOTES: Fall season runs from 9/1/16-12/31/16. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in the JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events.*

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

Special Preview: The Ruins of Lifta
  • Thu, Sep 15 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Presented by the Other Israel Film Festival

Dir. Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky (Israel, 2016, 77 min.)

Lifta is the only Arab village abandoned in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews. Its ruins are now threatened by an Israeli development plan that would convert it into an upscale Jewish neighborhood. Discovering that his parents’ Holocaust experiences may have distorted his views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Menachem - the filmmaker and an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn - sets out to establish a personal relationship with a Palestinian. He meets Yacoub, who was expelled from Lifta and now leads the struggle to save the haunting ruins of his village from Israeli plans to build luxury villas on the site. Learning that Lifta was once a place where Jews and Arabs got along, Menachem join’s Yacoub's campaign in the hopes that Lifta can serve as a place of reflection and reconciliation. This sets up a climactic encounter between a Holocaust survivor and a Palestinian refugee amidst the ruins of Lifta.

Screening followed by Q&A

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

Presented by the Other Israel Film Festival:

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

Special Preview: Denial
  • Tue, Sep 27 7:00 PM
  • $5.00

Dir. Mick Jackson (USA, 2016, 110 min.)

Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, the film recounts the legal battle that Deborah E. Lipstadt (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) fought for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof in libel cases is on the defendant; therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson) to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

Screening followed by Q&A with Prof. Deborah E. Lipstadt

Denial at AMC Loews Lincoln Square
  • Fri, Sep 30 11:00 AM
  • $8.00

Screening at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 to be followed by Q&A with Prof. Deborah E. Lipstadt:

Dir. Mick Jackson (USA, 2016, 110 min.)

Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, the film recounts the legal battle that Deborah E. Lipstadt (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) fought for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof in libel cases is on the defendant; therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson) to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

Special Preview: The Pickle Recipe
  • Mon, Oct 31 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Michael Manasseri (USA, 2016, 97 min.)

Joey Miller is the undisputed king of Detroit party MCs. He's also a single father and deeply in debt. To make matters worse, during his latest wedding performance, all his prized sound equipment gets destroyed in a freak accident. His daughter Julie's Bat Mitzvah is only weeks away, and she's counting on him to MC her party. After exhausting his options, he turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the money needed to get back into business. But only under one condition: Joey must steal his grandmother Rose's most prized possession—her famous top secret dill pickle recipe! It’s a recipe she has vowed to take to her grave.

Screening followed by Q&A

Special Preview: Disturbing the Peace
  • Sun, Nov 06 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Presented by the Other Israel Film Festival

Dir. Stephen Apkon & Andrew Young (USA, 2016, 83 min.)

Former enemy combatants on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict set out on a joint journey for peace. This movie documents the transformation of its protagonists from soldiers on the battlefield to peace activists. While they are facing opposition from their societies, which consider them traitors, another war looms in Gaza.

Stephen Apkon's documentary transcends its local context to tell a universal story about the human ability to see beyond the narratives we tend to accept as reality and about our aspirations for freedom, recognition and fraternity. The protagonists' journey demonstrates our potential to be free of narratives that no longer serve us and create a new vision for our societies.

Screening followed by Q&A

Screenagers
  • Tue, Nov 15 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Delaney Ruston (USA, 2016, 70 min.)

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In Screenagers, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Copresented with BBYO

Special Preview: On the Map
  • Tue, Nov 29 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Dani Menkin (Israel, 2016, 85 min.)

Still demoralized after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel in 1977 was hungry for a collective uplifting event. This fast-moving, emotional, and awe-inspiring documentary recounts the story of how one Tel Aviv basketball team no one thought could win toppled the four-time defending European champions and put Israel firmly on the map. Featuring interviews with the American and Israeli athletes who made history, On The Map combines the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes game with an incendiary political situation at the height of the Cold War to deliver a film that honors Israeli heroes, thrills fans of the game, and captures the spirit of a nation triumphant and victorious against all odds.

Director Dani Menkin brings together most of the members of that year's team, some of whom are still living in Israel, including Tal Brody and Aulcie Perry. Brody's friend, NBA great Bill Walton, and former NBA Commissioner David Stern deliver incisive commentary on the team and its significance. Israeli figures from outside the sports world, including former ambassador Michael Oren, politician Yair Lapid, and former refusenik Natan Sharansky, all recall what TV commentator Alex Giladi calls "the end of Israeli sport losing with honor."

Screening followed by Q&A

10th Annual Other Israel Film Festival
  • 12/1/2016 - 12/8/2016
  • $9.00 / $12.00

The most exciting festival of the year returns, bringing you premiere films from Israel's edgy film industry and engaging conversations on hot topics that illuminate the diversity of Israeli culture. Join us for a week-long festival of award-winning films, guest filmmakers, panel discussions, gala events, performances, and more.

Lineup will be announced in November. Visit otherisrael.org for more information.

Festival made possible by the generosity of Carole Zabar.

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