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

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.

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

Copresented 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 with Paula Galowitz and Lisa Zucker, co-chairs of the Economic Justice Hevra at B'nai Jeshurun.

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 Remembrance 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 with Amichai Greenberg

Special Premiere: Fauda (Season 2, 3 Episodes)
  • Tue, Feb 06 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Presented by Other Israel Film Festival 

Dir. Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff (Israel, 2018, 3 x 45 min.)

Join us for a special premiere of the first three episodes of season 2 of Fauda. A top Israeli agent comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian militant he thought he'd killed, setting a chaotic chain of events into motion. In this season, the team faces a new enemy who is willing to wreak havoc on the entire region. Multi-layered, and as honest as a fictionalized visualization can be, Fauda has succeeded in humanizing a decades-long struggle. By showing a two-sided story, it offers empathy and criticism of both sides in the battle for existence.

"The grittiest, tightest, most lived-in thrillers come Israel, and Fauda... is the current standard-bearer." - New York Times

Winner of six 2016 Israeli Academy Awards, including best Drama Series
Named one of New York Times best International Shows of 2017

Screening followed by Q&A

Special Preview: Itzhak
  • Tue, Feb 13 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Presented by ReelAbilites Film Festival: New York

Dir. Alison Chernick (USA/Israel, 2017, 80 min.)

If there's anyone who personifies the resilience, the vision, and ultimately the contribution of the Jewish people, it's Itzhak Perlman. The violin is Perlman’s chosen instrument, the vehicle he has used to overcome his own challenges and express himself to the world. We hear his tales of growing up as the child of Polish survivors, and how his mastery of the instrument takes him from his small neighborhood in Tel Aviv to the world's most prominent stages. In his music, we hear the story of obstacles and survival, we trace the path of the Jewish people from the chaos of Europe to the promise of Israel, we see the comfort of home and family, and witness how humor and talent combine with discipline and drive.

"Good music and good company make Itzhak a pleasure..." - Variety

Opening Night of 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival

Screening followed by Q&A with Alison Chernick

Special Preview: Foxtrot
  • Tue, Feb 20 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Samuel Maoz (Israel/Germany/France/Switzerland, 2017, 114 min.)

Michael (Lior Ashkenazi) and Dafna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger, only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists--a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. (Opens in NYC theaters on March 2.)

"Brilliantly constructed with a visual audacity that serves the subject rather than the other way around, this is award-winning filmmaking on a fearless level." - Variety

Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival, 2017
Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, and Best Supporting Actress

Winner of Grand Jury Prize at 2017 Venice Film Festival
Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, and Best Supporting Actress

  • Tue, Feb 27 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Co-Presented by The Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility

Dir. Jeremy Kagan (US, 2017, 89 min.)

Mark (ER's Noah Wyle) and Phoebe are in the midst of a breakup. Miguel, a bullied teenager, gets an illegal gun and accidentally shoots Mark. In real time we experience the consequences of someone getting shot. The story tracks the events of what medical professionals call "the golden hour," with EMTs and ER teams attempting to save Mark's life. We share Mark’s shock, pain, anger, fear, humor, guilt, grief, and desire for vengeance and potential redemption, and see how all this affects his troubled relationship with his wife. After the hour of terror, we come upon the three main characters five months later, and see how their lives have been turned upside down, leading to a confrontation.

"A strong, empathetic turn by Noah Wyle as a chance shooting victim anchors the absorbing and authentic Shot, helmed by veteran film and TV director Jeremy Kagan." - L.A. Times

Screening followed by Q&A with Jeremy Kagan

The Politics of Hate
  • Tue, Mar 27 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Michael Perlman (US, 2017, 68 min.)

At 16, he became the leader of the Chicago Area Skinheads, later a white supremacist punk band. But when Christian Picciolini started a family, he began questioning his far right views. This timely documentary explores a changing Western political climate, chronicling the rise of the far right in the US and Europe, and giving alarming insights into the ways the alt-right movement operates. It goes on to explore the interconnection between fascist ideologies in the U.S. and Germany that led to the Holocaust straight through to the white supremacist marches in Charlottesville. The film highlights our historical pattern of great progress met by a fierce backlash that ultimately results in a better future. Interwoven within this backdrop is the inspiring story of Christian who now combats hate, featured on 60 Minutes.

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the ADL have been helpful in the making of this film.

Screening followed by Q&A with Michael Perlman

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