Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

The Marlene Meyerson 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.

Special Preview: Disobedience
  • Wed, Apr 25 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Sebastián Lelio (UK, 2017, 114 min.)

Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Gloria) directs this adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel. A happily single and secular New York photographer, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) is the black sheep of her London-based Orthodox Jewish family. When her revered rabbi father dies, Ronit returns home to pay her respects. When she arrives, she learns that Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) — the heir apparent to Ronit's father and very much the son he never had — has married Ronit's childhood friend Esti (Rachel McAdams). While Dovid prepares to take over at the synagogue, Ronit and Esti become reacquainted. An old romance is rekindled as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. (In NYC theaters, April 27th.)

"Beautifully acted by Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola as the three points of a melancholy romantic triangle, this is a deeply felt drama that exerts a powerful grip." - The Hollywood Reporter

Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival 2017

Screening followed by Q&A

Special Preview: RBG
  • Tue, May 01 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Co-presented with The Forward

Dir. Julie Cohen & Betsy West (US, 2018, 97 min.)

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans–until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, exploring Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career. Co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films. (In NYC theaters, May 4th.)

"This cheerful doc lionizes the notorious Supreme Court justice's inspiring arc from feminist lawyer to internet icon." - Variety

Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival 2018

Screening followed by Q&A with directors and Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of The Forward

Special Preview: Measure of a Man
  • Tue, May 08 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Jim Loach (US, 2018, 100 min.)

Based on a 1970's YA novel, One Fat Summer, by New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte.  During the summer of 1976, fourteen-year-old Bobby Marks (Blake Cooper), insecure and overweight, must endure another tortuous family vacation at Rumson Lake. His summer job, tending to the palatial estate of the reclusive, enigmatic and overly demanding Dr. Kahn (Donald Sutherland) is backbreaking. His parents (Judy Greer & Luke Wilson) appear on the verge of divorce; his sister Michelle (Liana Liberato) is forcing him to help conceal her clandestine rendezvous with the local pretty boy; and his best friend and kindred spirit Joanie (Danielle Rose Russell) is leaving for a month and won’t tell him why. On top of that, a crazy townie has focused his hatred of the rich “summer people” exclusively on Bobby. Over the course of this emotional rollercoaster of a summer, secrets are revealed, lessons are learned and Bobby comes to understand who he is and what makes up the true measure of a man. (In NYC theaters, May 11th.)

Screening followed by Q&A with author Robert Lipsyte and the film’s three young stars Blake Cooper (Maze Runner), Danielle Rose Russell (Wonder), and Liana Liberato (Novitiate) .

Commandments (Kipat Barzel)
  • Sun, May 20 12:30 AM
  • FREE for Everybody

Presented as a part of The Paul Feig Tikkun Leil Shavuot 

This event is free and does not require registration. Entry will be first come, fist serve.

Dir. Alon Zingman (US, 2018, 60 min x 3 Episodes)

Torn between worlds. Bound by friendship. This hit Israeli TV show is inspired by the real-life young adults who choose to defy the strict conventions of their closed orthodox societies and join the army. The powerful character-driven drama delivers a compelling story focusing on the dilemmas of personal and religious identity, and the desire to belong alongside the need to express oneself and one’s values.

In Israel, 18 year olds must join the army by law – but 9% of Israelis are Orthodox Jews, and they are exempt from service due to their religious beliefs. Some choose to disobey, and for these orthodox teens on the brink of manhood, their decision will leave them torn between an aggressive military system, an equally strict religious world and the forbidden temptations of secular life.

Special Preview: Spiral
  • Tue, May 22 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Laura Fairrie (US, 2017, 79 min.)

Over the last two decades, a rise in physical attacks and verbal assaults on Jews has been recorded in many countries across Europe. At the same time an increasingly fractured world has exposed deep political, social, and racial division, especially in France. Spiral is the story of how a cycle of fear, hatred, and violence has taken hold. In portraying the resurgence of anti-Semitism in France and in the wider world, the film trains its gaze on individuals, witnesses on all sides of the conflicts that have fueled this escalation.

Screening followed by Q&A

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
  • Tue, May 29 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, & Jeremy Newberger (US, 2018, 87 min.)

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.

We Exist: Beyond the Binary
  • Tue, Jun 19 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Co-presented with Out at the J

Dir. Lauren Lubin & Andrew Seger (US, 2018, 62 min.)

What if the world told you that you do not exist? This is the reality for Lauren: a person in their mid-twenties who identifies as gender neutral. Lauren’s story chronicles their entire life--from early childhood, to a near death experience, to living in the depths of the rain forest--capturing the physical, emotional, and mental obstacles Lauren must face just to get to say, "I exist."

Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers

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