Join us for the 10th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and 30 other venues across New York!

ReelAbilities is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Award-winning films are presented in various locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. Discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

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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.

  • 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

10th Annual ReelAbilities Festival Pass
Reelabilities Film Festival
  • 3/8/2018 - 3/14/2018
  • $45.00 / $65.00

The ReelAbilities Film Festival pass is good for five (5) general admission tickets based on availability at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan venue (334 Amsterdam Avenue). 

Opening night, closing night, and special events excluded. See a full list of films at

To ensure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Pass does not guarantee admission, please reserve your tickets ahead of time, as screenings do sell out. Please claim tickets in the JCC lobby or call the box office at 646-505-5708.

Keep the Change
  • 3/20/2018 - 3/22/2018
  • $15.00

After a sold out, opening night showing at the 10th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York, we present an uptown run of Keep the Change.

Keep the Change
Dir. Rachel Israel
93 mins, USA, Narrative

David is an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his high-functioning autism. Forced by his parents to attend Connections, a support group for people on the autism spectrum, David falls in love with Sarah, a sheltered young woman who challenges his identity as “normal.”

Winner, Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Director, 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Screening followed by Q&A

Our venue is wheelchair accessible, the film is captioned, and assistive listening devices are available. For other accessibility needs and requests, please email by March 6th.

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

Special Preview: Bye Bye Germany
  • Tue, Apr 03 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Sam Garbarksi (Germany, 2017, 101 min.)

Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans now need most: fine bed linens nicely wrapped in amusing stories! The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives with ashy chutzpah until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their irresistible items. Business flourishes and a bright new future can be seen in the horizon. But questions about Bermann‘s past catch up with him. Why does he have two passports? What about his visit to Hitler‘s mountain retreat? Could he have collaborated with the Nazis? The smart and attractive but uncompromising US officer Sara Simon (Antje Traue) refuses to close the interrogation. She wants to get to the heart of Bermann‘s wartime memories. Sara matches his quick wit with iron severity, but it becomes increasingly difficult for her to escape his charm.

Screening followed by Q&A

Special Preview: GI Jews
  • Tue, Apr 10 7:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Dir. Lisa Ades (US, 2017, 87 min.)

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II tells the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. Through the eyes of the servicemen and women, the film brings to life the little-known story of Jews in World War II - as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry and intolerance. These brave men and women fought for their nation and their people, for America and for Jews worldwide. Like all Americans, they fought against fascism, but they also waged a more personal fight—to save their brethren in Europe. After years of struggle, they emerged transformed, more powerfully American and more deeply Jewish, determined to continue the fight for equality and tolerance at home.

Film made possibly by WNET and CPB.

Screening followed by Q&A with Lisa Ades and protagonists from the film

GI JEWS TRAILER from Turquoise Films on Vimeo.

The Museum
  • Thu, Apr 19 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Presented in celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut:

Dir. Ran Tal (Israel, 2017, 72 min.)

The Museum is a film that seeks to explore the Israeli soul through the galleries, storerooms and visitors of the Israel Museum.This is a documentary puzzle, simultaneously intriguing and amusing, which attempts to define the unique essence of the museum within the exceptional, historical and political context in which it functions.The endless sense of sacrifice which is such a powerful part of the Israeli and Jewish experience are reflected in the museum's daily existence. From slavery in Pharaonic Egypt through Nazism, they're all here with us, molding the present as if they were living among us here and now.

"Perhaps the most important aspect of the movie is that it captures the extraordinay vitality and variety of the Israel Museum. It made me want to visit the museum and become part of this shifting panorama, and I suspect it will have the same effect on many viewers." - The Jerusalem Post

Screening followed by Q&A

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 for Toronto International Film Festival 2017

Screening followed by Q&A

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