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: 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

Click here for tickets.

Whale Rider: NYICFF
  • Sun, Aug 13 11:00 AM
  • FREE for Everybody

Dir. Niki Caro (New Zealand, 2002, 101 min.)

The New York International Children's Film Festival is thrilled to present a special 15th anniversary screening of the acclaimed film Whale Rider at JCC Manhattan. Nominated for an Academy Award® for her role in the film, Keisha Castle-Hughes offers a winning portrayal of Pai, a determined young twelve-year-old who hopes to train in the ways of her Maori people to become its next leader. With remarkable grace and courage, Pai summons the strength to both challenge and embrace a thousand years of tradition in order to fulfill her destiny in this visually stunning and timeless film.

Tickets will be available here on July 28th.

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