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

4th Annual Israel Film Center Festival
  • 6/2/2016 - 6/9/2016
  • $13.00

Celebrate the best new movies coming out of Israel with NY's leading festival of Israeli films! Join actors, directors, and more for a week of great cinema.

**Tickets are now on sale. Click here for more information.**

East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem
  • Sat, Jun 11 10:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Dir. Henrique Cyerman & Erez Miller (Israel, 2015, 80 minutes)

Legendary singer/guitarist David Broza journeys to East Jerusalem to record his latest album with Israeli, Palestinian, and American musicians. Broza hopes that bridging cultures through music can be one small step toward peaceful coexistence. The film weaves together soulful music and personal conversations of hope in a time and a place where hope is most needed.

Followed by conversation with David Broza.

Free screening presented as part of The Paul Feig z"l Tikkun Leil Shavuot at JCC Manhattan. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Septembers of Shiraz
  • Tue, Jun 21 7:30 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Dir. Wayne Blair (USA, 2015, 110 min.)

A searing drama that brings to life a chapter of recent history little understood in the West. Septembers of Shiraz features Academy Award winner Adrien Brody and Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek as Iranian Jews whose lives are turned upside down in the wake of the Iranian Revolution. Director Wayne Blair brings a high level of suspense to this gripping story of a family united by strife, adapted from the bestselling autobiographical novel by Dalia Sofer. It is an incisive examination of a troubled moment in history, showing the impact of political upheaval on ordinary people, and paying particular attention to the subtle ways it exacerbates community tensions.

Screening followed by Q&A

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

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 Tenth Man
  • Tue, Aug 09 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.

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