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

Special Preview: Menashe
  • Thu, Jul 20 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Joshua Z Weinstein (USA, 2017, 79 min.)

Deep in the heart of New York City’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe—a kind, hapless grocery store clerk—struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah’s death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah’s memorial. It’s his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters. In theaters July 28th.

Screening followed by Q&A with Joshua Z Weinstein

Special Preview: The Grown-Ups
  • Thu, Jul 27 7:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

A Special ReelAbilities Preview

Dir. Maite Alberdi (Chile/The Netherlands/France, 2016, 82 min.)

For most of their lives, a group of classmates have grown up together and are approaching 50 with varying degrees of frustration. The school they attend for people with Down Syndrome feels confining and they long for new challenges, greater independence, and more personal space. Director Maite Alberdi’s observational warm and compassionate film features a mixture of heartache and humor, and hope for greater understanding of people with Down Syndrome, or anyone whose perceptions and abilities are different from the norm.

“The longer we spend in the company of these people, the clearer it seems that they should be treated on a case-by-case basis.” - Variety

Screening followed by Q&A

Rooftop Films: Monkey Business
  • Tue, Aug 08 7:00 PM
  • $15.00

Presented by Rooftop Films

Dir. Ema Ryan Yamazaki (USA, 2017, 76 min.)

Discover the extraordinary life of the Reys, creators of the beloved Curious George books. Featuring a narrow escape from the Nazis on makeshift bicycles, Monkey Business explores the colorful history of Hans and Margret Rey.

Screening followed by Q&A, live music, and a reception

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