Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan's film program showcases films that promote change and reflect on important topics. Our year round CINEMATTERS series presents previews and special engagements of films followed by discussions with filmmakers, actors, and other special guests.

We also host three festivals in house including the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York, Other Israel Film Festival, and the Israel Film Center Festival.

Schedule by film title below. For films by date click here

Seniors may use the discount code SENIOR19 for $3 off tickets (member price)

 

Upcoming Screenings

The Lost Crown
  • Tue, May 28 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Avi Dabach (Israel, 65 min, 2019)

The Aleppo Codex, aka The Crown, is considered the most accurate and valuable edition of the Hebrew Bible. After being safeguarded for seven centuries by the Syrian Sephardic community of Aleppo, more than a third of its pages disappeared when it was smuggled to Israel in 1957. As Avi Dabach, the filmmaker and great-grandson of the Crown Keeper navigates the dark corridors of hidden history, archival documents and rare testimonies reveal an astonishing story involving an Israeli president, Mossad agents, passionate rabbis, and antique dealers.

Screening followed by Q+A with the producer.

The Lost Crown Trailer from Judith Manassen Ramon on Vimeo.

Opening Night: Redemption (Geula)
  • Mon, Jun 03 7:00 PM
  • $36.00

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov (Israel, 104 min, 2018)

A devout Chassid must return to his rockstar lifestyle in order to pay for his daughter's medical bills in this rousing and affecting story of faith, love, and making peace with the past.

Film followed by Q+A with director and Opening Night Reception.

Israel Film Center Festival 5 Ticket Package
  • 6/3/2019 - 6/12/2019
  • $50.00

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Get access to five general admission film screenings of your choosing as part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival at JCC Manhattan. Not applicable for Opening and Closing Night events.

For full schedule of the festival please visit https://www.jccmanhattan.org/film/israel-film-center-festival/.

Pass does not guarantee seating. Please call the JCC box office (646-505-5708) to reserve your tickets.

Red Cow (Para Adoma)
  • Tue, Jun 04 6:15 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Copresented by NYWIFT

Dir. Tsivia Barkai Yacov (Israel, 91 min, 2018)

Benny's hair is as red as the fur of her devout father's treasured calf – which he believes will bring salvation. As she comes of age, she embarks on a personal journey that will shape her religious, political and sexual consciousness.

Film followed by Q+A with director.

The Unorthodox (HaBilti Rishmiyim)
  • Tue, Jun 04 8:30 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Eliran Malka (Israel, 99 min, 2018)

In the early 1980s, after his daughter is kicked out of school because of her ethnic background, a Sephardic man with absolutely no knowledge of politics decides to fight back and form a revolutionary political party that will change Israeli politics forever.

Film followed by Q+A with actor Yoav Levi.

Shooting Life (HaSusita Shel Hertzel)
  • Wed, Jun 05 6:15 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. David Kreiner (Israel, 84 min, 2018)

Yigal, a middle-aged divorcé and unemployed film director from Tel Aviv, accepts a position teaching filmmaking in Sderot. Though his students are slow to warm to him, Yigal gains their trust by coaxing them to film their own stories of love and loss

Fig Tree (Etz Teena)
  • Wed, Jun 05 8:15 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Copresented by NYWIFT

Dir. Aalam-warqe Davidian (Israel, 93 min, 2018)

A Jewish teenager in Ethiopia must navigate a surreal routine dictated by the civil war which, along with her family's plans to immigrate to Israel, conflict with her rebellious youthful spirit. Together with her Christian boyfriend, she weaves an alternate plan. But in times of war, plans tend to go awry.

Film followed by Skype Q+A with director.

The Other Story (Sipur Acher)
  • Thu, Jun 06 6:15 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Avi Nesher (Israel, 112 min, 2018)

Family disputes and conspiracies take center stage in this lively drama. Sasson Gabai plays a renowned psychologist who falls out with his granddaughter when she enters a Haredi community and plans to marry a musician known for his wild ways.

Film followed by Q+A with director.

THE OTHER STORY TRAILER a film by Avi Nesher from David Silber on Vimeo.

The Dive (HaTzlila)
  • Thu, Jun 06 8:30 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Yona Rozenkier (Israel, 90 min, 2018)

Set within a ramshackle kibbutz community on the northern border separating Israel from Lebanon, the film follows a trio of brothers who reunite to bury their father’s body before the youngest heads off to battle.

Film followed by Q+A with producer, Efrat Cohen.

Join us to celebrate Watershed Moments: Selected Works from the Jerusalem Biennale in the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at 7:30pm

Avi Nesher Retrospective Ticket Combo
  • Fri, Jun 07 3:59 PM
  • $25.00

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Avi Nesher Retrospective
For over four decades, Avi Nesher has been one of the leading voices in Israeli cinema. Both pioneering and impactful, Nesher's films are not only some of Israel's biggest hits, but they opened the door for Israeli films to succeed in international markets as well. His latest, The Other Story was one of this year's most successful Israeli films. We will honor Nesher with two films from his extensive filmography. Turn Left at the End of the World (2004) Nesher's biggest box office success in Israel that brought new energy to Israeli cinema. Next, the newly restored Rage and Glory (1984) follows a cell of the Stern Gang that begins to fall apart during an attempt to assassinate a senior British officer in pre-state Israel.  

4pm: Turn Left at the End of the World (2004)
The Talkar family from Bombay attempts to integrate into a community in Israel on the edge of the Negev Desert.

6pm: Rage and Glory (1984)
An avowed anarchist and Stern Gang hitman is sent to Jerusalem to assassinate a senior British officer creating much tension within the already troubled cell and almost brings its collapse, as the British operatives are closing in.

Turn Left at the End of the World
  • Fri, Jun 07 4:00 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the Avi Nesher Retrospective at the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Avi Nesher (Israel, 110 min, 2004)

As a family from India moves in to a desert neighborhood in Southern Israel in the 1960's, the family's eldest, beautiful daughter discovers friendship and romance with the lovely local French girl. The film also explores the hardships and surprises that come with the integration of multiple families from different ethnic backgrounds (from the diaspora) and their struggle with immigration and prejudice.

Film followed by Q+A with director.

Rage and Glory (Za'am V'Tehilah)
  • Fri, Jun 07 6:00 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the Avi Nesher Retrospective at the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Avi Nesher (Israel, 118 min, 1984)

An avowed anarchist and Stern Gang hitman is sent to Jerusalem to assassinate a senior British officer creating much tension within the already troubled cell and almost brings its collapse, as the British operatives are closing in.

Q+A to follow with director.

Tikkun: Stockholm (ep. 1)
  • Sat, Jun 08 10:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Daniel Syrkin (Israel, 40 min, 2018)

When Avishai is found dead in his bed, his friends (Sasson Gabai, Doval'e Glickman, Gidi Gov, and Tikva Dayan) decide to hide his death for five days to allow him to win the Nobel Prize.

Tikkun: Israeli TV Conversation
  • 6/8/2019 - 6/9/2019
  • FREE for Everybody

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Israeli TV has become an international phenomenon and one of Israel’s leading exports. From Homeland and In Treatment to Fauda and Shtisel, Israeli shows are not only being remade for American TV, but also finding international audiences in their original format. Learn more about this thriving industry and what’s coming next.

Tikkun: Autonomies
  • Sun, Jun 09 12:30 AM
  • FREE for Everybody

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Yehonatan Indursky, Ori Elon (Israel, 45 min, 2018)

The series is set in an alternative reality in which Israel is split into two territories—a secular state with its capital in Tel Aviv and an ultra-Orthodox autonomous zone with Jerusalem as its capital.

Tikkun: Stockholm (ep. 2)
  • Sun, Jun 09 1:45 AM
  • FREE for Everybody

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Daniel Syrkin (Israel, 40 min, 2018)

When Avishai is found dead in his bed, his friends (Sasson Gabai, Doval'e Glickman, Gidi Gov, and Tikva Dayan) decide to hide his death for five days to allow him to win the Nobel Prize. Episode 2

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
  • Tue, Jun 11 6:15 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Muayad Alayan (Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, 127 min, 2018)

An extramarital affair in Jerusalem ignites a dangerous game of deceit between those who hold power and those who don’t.

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem | trailer from heretic on Vimeo.

Closing Night: Tel Aviv On Fire
  • Wed, Jun 12 6:00 PM
  • $36.00

Part of the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Sameh Zoabi (Israel, 100 min, 2018)

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian writer, gets a job on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end and Salam is caught in the middle.

Film followed by Q+A with writer Dan Kleinman.

Preceded by Closing Night Reception at 6pm. Film begins at 7pm.

Holy Lands
  • Tue, Jun 18 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Amanda Sthers (France, 100 min, 2018)

Facing a crossroads in life, Harry Rosenmerck (Academy Award nominee James Caan) leaves New York and his family with an unlikely plan to start a pig farm in Nazareth, causing the anger of local communities. His conflict with the town Rabbi, Moshe Cattan (BAFTA award winner Tom Hollander) slowly turns into a friendship that leads him to reevaluate his relationship with his estranged family, including his difficult ex-wife, his 34-year-old student daughter, and his playwright son David. Through an emotional journey, this dysfunctional group will try to make their way back to each other, renewing ties when they all need it the most.

Screening followed by Q+A with the director.

To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor
  • Tue, Jun 25 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Copresented by The Forward

Dir. Donna Zaccaro (US, 63 min, 2017)

This film tells the story of love, marriage, and the fight for equality. Director Donna Zaccaro documents the history of the Gay Rights and Marriage Equality movement in this country. Octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan fight for justice and fundamental dignity. Immediately following the screening,  Jane Eisner, the Forward's writer-at-large will interview Roberta Kaplan about the film and her current legal case Sines vs. Kessler; the case against the neo-Nazis and other extremists who descended on Charlottesville, Va.  in 2017, for what they called the "Unite the Right."

Screening followed by Q+A with the film subject Roberta Kaplan and Jane Eisner of The Forward.

To A More Perfect Union - Trailer from Rob Burgos on Vimeo.

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