Cinematters


The Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival presents impactful films that engage the community toward a more democratic, inclusive, and just society. The festival explores themes of inequality, injustice, and social responsibility. Through films, special events, and conversations, we aim to inspire participants to reflect and take action in order to create a community of civic-minded individuals eager to make a collective change. In the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, our goal is to promote social action that leads to positive change in our society and beyond.


The Cinematters: New York Social Justice Film Festival will run January 14-18, 2021.

Tickets and passes are now available for the virtual Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival.
Click here for tickets. Click here for passes.

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2021 Films

MLK/FBI
Opening Night

Dir. Sam Pollard
US | 2020 | 104 min | Doc
This rich archival tapestry follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he is investigated and harassed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. MLK/FBI performs the vital task of examining J. Edgar Hoover’s relentless campaign of surveillance and harassment against Dr. King. Today, when Dr. King is celebrated across political spectrums as a moral hero, it’s jolting to confront the years when US agents targeted him as a villain. Inspired by the work of historian David Garrow, the film uses recently declassified files to study the FBI’s motives and methods.

Streaming: Jan 14 only
Q+A + Opening Night Remarks: Thu, Jan 14, 7:30 pm
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John Lewis: Good Trouble
Closing Night + MLK Day Event

Dir. Dawn Porter
US | 2020 | 96 min | Doc
John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. The film explores Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.

Q+A: Mon, Jan 18, 6 pm
Streaming: Jan 18 only
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One Night in Miami
Dir. Regina King
US | 2020 | 110 min | Narrative
A fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered to discuss their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the '60s.

Film available on Amazon Prime Video starting Jan 15 here
Exclusive Q+A available to watch Jan 15, 7PM - Jan 18, 11:59PM. Register


Breaking Fast
Dir. Mike Mosallam
US | 2020 | 92 min | Narrative
Set against the twinkling lights of West Hollywood, Breaking Fast is a romantic comedy that follows Mo, a practicing Muslim still reeling from heartbreak. When the all-American Kal offers to join Mo in his nightly Iftars (the traditional meal eaten by Muslims during Ramadan), the two start to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye.

Q+A: Sat, Jan 16, 8 pm
Streaming: Jan 14–18, NY state only
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The Condor & the Eagle
Dir Sophie Guerra + Clément Guerra
US | 2019 | 82 min | Doc
An epic journey for climate justice from the Canadian Boreal forest to the Amazon Rainforest. Never-before-seen images expose the global rise of land and water protectors and document the ongoing collective climate awakening and the imperative of urgent change. This film features Indigenous leaders deploying unparalleled global response and takes us on an adventure to unite the peoples of the Americas and deepen the meaning of “justice” while learning from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy.

Q+A: Sun, Jan 17, 2 pm
Streaming: Jan 16-18
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Missing in Brooks County
Dir. Lisa Molomot + Jeff Berniss
US | 2020 | 80 min | Doc
The epicenter for migrant deaths in the United States isn't on the border—it’s in Brooks County, Texas, 70 miles north of the Rio Grande. Two families arrive here to search for their missing loved ones and find a haunted land and very few answers.

Streaming: Jan 14–18
Q+A: Jan 15, 2 pm
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Nevertheless
Dir Sarah Moshman
US | 2020 | 80 min | Doc
Taking a look behind the headlines of #MeToo and Time's Up, Nevertheless follows the intimate stories of seven individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace or in a school context. Co-presented by Film Fatales.

Streaming: Jan 14–18
Q+A: Sat, Jan 16, 6 pm
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Los Hermanos/The Brothers
Dir. Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider
US | 2020 | 84 min | Doc
Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo—live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. A thaw in the US-Cuba relations offers the first opportunity for the brothers to tour the US together. But at the tour’s end, politics shift again, threatening the brothers’ dreams. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, Los Hermanos (The Brothers) offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family.

Q+A: Sun, Jan 17, 4 pm
Streaming: Jan 14–18
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Hungry to Learn
Dir. Greta Gandhir
US | 2020 | 84 min | Doc
The story of three American college students and a professor facing up to the painful reality that college tuition has gotten so high that some students can’t afford to pay it and also eat. This film explains how we got here and the high price paid on campuses around the country.

Streaming: Jan 14–18
Q+A: Sun, Jan 17, 6 pm
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Shared Legacies
MLK Day Event
Dir. Shari Rogers
US | 2020 | 95 min | Doc
The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating and urgent call to action. Common cause was found in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Yet, the relationship has frayed in recent years, as a once mighty bond of support and respect has seemingly faded, been forgotten or ignored.

Shared Legacies is presented collaboratively by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, the Jewish Museum, and Film at Lincoln Center. The JCC's Cinematters: NY Social Justice FIlm Festival takes place January 14–18, 2021. The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center's annual New York Jewish Film Festival takes place January 13–26, 2021.

Q+A: Mon, Jan 18, 2 pm
Streaming: Jan 16–18, NY State only
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Black Boys
MLK Day Screening
Dir. Sonia Lowman
US | 2020 | 90 min | Doc
A film for this historic moment, Black Boys exposes the dehumanization of Black males in America at the intersection of sports, education, and criminal justice in a nation still struggling to rectify its past.

Q+A: Mon, Jan 18, 4 pm
Streaming: Jan 18 only
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SHORTS

All short films available as part of the festival’s Shorts Program.
Tickets available here.

High Score
Dir. Serena Ryen + Ethan Itzkow
US | 2020 | 16 min | Narrative
After a young man is fired from his job as a result of his casually offensive behavior, he finds the perfect people to blame: minorities. Newly inspired by the white supremacist ideology of the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory, we watch as he sinks into the darkest pits of the internet and takes the ideas he finds there as his own.

Streaming: Jan 14–18
Q+A: Sat, Jan 16, 2 pm
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The Sacrifice Zone
Dir Julie Winokur
US | 2020 | 32 min | Doc
The Ironbound district of Newark, New Jersey, is one of the most toxic neighborhoods in the country. Maria Lopez-Nuñez, a Honduran-American resident there, is waging a war for environmental justice. She is part of the Ironbound Community Corporation, one of the most effective environmental justice organizations in the country. The Sacrifice Zone follows Maria as she leads a group of environmental justice fighters determined to break the cycle of poor communities of color serving as dumping grounds for our consumer society.

Streaming: Jan 14–18
Q+A: Sat, Jan 16, 3:15 pm
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Imagining the Indian
Dir. Aviva Kempner + Ben West
US | 2020 | 22 min | Doc
A comprehensive examination of the movement to eliminate the words, images, and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find demeaning and offensive, giving voice to both supporters and detractors of the cause. The film takes a deep dive into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight.

Streaming: Jan 14–18
Q+A: Sat, Jan 16, 2:30 pm
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2021 Special Programs

Opening Night Remarks + MLK/FBI Q+A
Opening Night remarks from actress and ambassador for Cinematters, Mayim Bialik and more. Film Q+A with director Sam Pollard (Eyes on the Prize, Slavery by Another Name, Two Trains Runnin’, Mr. Soul! and Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me).
Moderated by Kyle Bowser, Senior Vice President of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau.

Thur, Jan 14, 7:30 pm
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Missing in Brooks County Q+A
Q+A featuring director/producer Lisa Molomot, Eduardo Canales, Executive Director, South Texas Human Rights Center, and Dr. Kate Spradley, Biological Anthropologist at Texas State University. Moderated by Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, Parks Borough Commissioner, NYC Parks

Fri, Jan 15, 2 pm
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Virtual Networking for Filmmakers, co-hosted by The Gotham (previously IFP)
Part of Cinematters After Dark
Join Cinematters and The Gotham (previously IFP) for an evening of virtual networking. During this networking session, attendees will be expected to discuss their experience and/or interest in capturing social justice issues on screen. Filmmakers and industry professionals only. The Gotham supports independent creators from around the world, develops new projects, connects within the industry and champions collaborative and impactful storytelling at all stages. The Gotham also provides various levels of membership to creators in the film and media industry (filmmakers, screenwriters, podcasters, etc) with the goal of providing tangible connections, learnings, and skills to apply to their projects and careers. Some of the membership programming The Gotham offers include monthly screenings/Q&As, panels, mentorship, classes, and networking events.

Fri, Jan 15, 5 pm
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Short Films Q+A
High Score Q+A with directors Serena Ryen and Ethan Itzkow and Marilyn Mayo, Senior Research Fellow at the ADL's Center on Extremism. Moderated by Alex Shephard (The New Republic).

Sat, Jan. 16, 2 pm

Imagining the Indian
Q+A with directors Aviva Kempner, Ben West, and producer/sports journalist Kevin Blackistone. Moderated by Crystal Echo Hawk, Founder and Executive Director of IllumiNative.

Sat, Jan. 16, 2:30 pm

The Sacrifice Zone
The Sacrifice Zone Q+A with director Julie Winokur and Maria Lopez-Nuñez, Deputy Director, Organizing and Advocacy, Ironbound Community Corporation. Moderated by Xaver Kandler, Lead Coalition Organizer at NY Renews

Sat, Jan. 16, 3:15 pm

Tickets for all short films and Q+As


Nevertheless Q+A
This conversation will explore intersectionality in the women's movement and issues affecting women in the workplace with director Sarah Moshman, April Reign, creator of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, Melissa Goodman, Director of Advocacy/legal Director at the ACLU of Southern California, and Paola Mendoza, Filmmaker and co-founder of the Women's March. Moderated by Melissa Gira Grant, Staff Writer at The New Republic. Co-presented by Film Fatales.

Sat, Jan 16, 6 pm
Tickets for film + Q+A


Breaking Fast Q+A
Join director/writer Mike Mosallam, producer Seth Hauer, and Sue Obeidi (Muslim Public Affairs Council, Director of the Hollywood Bureau) in a conversation discussing themes and topics presented in the film. Moderated by Jo Livingstone, writer for The New Republic.

Sat, Jan. 16, 8 pm
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Cocktails with Spice+Spirit
Come join Spice + Spirit for an interactive discussion on identity and self care as they demonstrate how to make your own speciality cocktails!

Sat, Jan 16, 9 pm

The Condor & The Eagle Q+A
Join director Clement Guerra, Bill McKibben, Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, 350.org, Casey Camp Horinek, Councilwoman, and Hereditary Drumkeeper of the Womens' Scalp Dance Society of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, and Yudith Nieto, Queer Mexican-American artist, interpreter, and organizer from the community of Manchester, East-Houston. Moderated by Nick Martin, Staff Writer, The New Republic.

Sun, Jan 17, 2 pm
Tickets for film + Q+A


Los Hermanos/The Brothers Q+A
A conversation exploring themes presented in the film with producers/directors Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, and subjects Ilmar Gavilan and Aldo Lopez-Gavilan. Moderated by Lauren McNeary, The Sphinx Organization.

Jan 17, 4 pm
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Hungry to Learn Q+A
Join director Geeta Gandbhir, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab (Professor of Sociology & Medicine, Temple University) and Rachel Sumekh (Founder, Swipes for Hunger) in conversation to address themes and topics addressed in this film. This will be moderated by Treasure Brooks, The Meteor.

Sun, Jan. 17, 6 pm

Pursuing Justice: Strategies for Families Committed to Racial Justice
In this interactive workshop, we will support and empower families to engage young people in meaningful anti-racist conversations (and action!) that is grounded both in universal values and Jewish traditions. Together, we will enhance our parenting for racial justice "toolkit" through reflection, relationship-building and practice.
Co-presented by the Bert and Sandra Wasserman Center for Family Life and Saul and Carole Zabar Nursery School

Jan 18, 11 am
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Shared Legacies Q+A
Join director Shari Rogers and Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College in conversation to discuss themes and topics presented in this film. Moderated by Yolanda Savage-Narva, Director, Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Union for Reform Judaism.
Introduction by Michael S. Miller, Executive Vice President & CEO JCRC

Mon, Jan 18, 2 pm
Tickets for film + Q+A


Black Boys Q+A
Join director Sonia Lowman, producer Jon-Thomas Royston, and motivational speaker and member of the Exonerated 5, Dr. Yusef Salaam in conversation to discuss themes and topics addressed in this filln. Moderated by Michelle Miller, co-host of CBS This Morning: Saturday.

Mon, Jan 18, 4 pm
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Closing Night: John Lewis: Good Trouble Q+A
Join Wanda Mosley, Senior State Coordinator, Black Voters Matter and Myrna Perez, Director Voting Rights and Elections, the Brennan Center for Justice for a conversation about the film. The conversation will be moderated by Brittany Luse, co-host of The Nod podcast.

Mon, Jan 18, 6 pm
Tickets for film + Q+A


MLK Day Open Mic, co-hosted by Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Part of Cinematters After Dark
Join Nuyorican Poets Cafe for a poetry-specific open mic hosted by Advocate of Wordz.

Mon, Jan 18, 8 pm
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2021 Live Event Schedule

To buy tickets for films and Q+As, click here. Tickets will grant access to both film and live Q+A.

To register only for the live Zoom events, click a film title below.
Zoom-only registration does not include the ability to watch a film. If an event has already passed, the link below will switch to a recording on YouTube.


Thu, Jan, 14
7:30 pm - MLK/FBI Q+A + Opening Night Remarks
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Fri, Jan 15
2 pm - Missing in Brooks County Q+A
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5 pm - Virtual Networking for Filmmakers, co-hosted by The Gotham (previously IFP)
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Sat, Jan 16
2 pm- High Score Q+A
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2:30 pm - Imagining the Indian Q+A
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3:15 pm - The Sacrifice Zone Q+A
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6 pm - Nevertheless Q+A
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8 pm - Breaking Fast Q+A
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9 pm - Cocktails with Spice+Spirit

Sun, Jan 17
2 pm - The Condor & the Eagle Q+A
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4 pm - Los Hermanos/The Brothers Q+A
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6 pm - Hungry to Learn Q+A
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Mon, Jan 18
11 am - Pursuing Justice: Strategies for Families Committed to Racial Justice
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2 pm- Shared Legacies Q+A
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4 pm - Black Boys Q+A
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6 pm - John Lewis: Good Trouble Q+A + Closing Night Remarks
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MLK Day Open Mic, co-hosted by Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Mon, Jan 18, 8 pm
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Virtual Festival FAQ

ACCESSING VIRTUAL FILM EVENTS

When can I watch the films and join live Q+As?
Films will be available for streaming online between Jan 14 at 10AM EST to Jan 18 at 11:59pm EST through Eventive. Films will only be available in the US.

Some films are only available on certain days, for limited windows.
Please double check the streaming details for each film on its Eventive page.

The live Q+A schedule is available here. Zoom links are included on each film page on Eventive and are available on the schedule page here. Tickets will provide you access to film and specific filmmaker panels and can be purchased in advance or during these dates.

There are a limited number of tickets available for each event.

How will I receive access to the film and Q+A after purchasing a ticket?
Films will automatically become available on the Eventive platform on the date they are available (for most films this will be Jan 14, 10AM EST). You will receive an email reminder.

To start watching a film, go to that film page on Eventive and click the “Watch now” button. Once you begin watching a film, you will have a limited amount of hours to complete your viewing. This viewing window cannot be extended. Please check individual film pages and confirmation emails for exact viewing window restrictions.

You can see all of the films you have ordered in your content library here.

How can I watch a film on my TV?
Please check the Eventive FAQ for specific details.

If you have an Apple TV, Chromecast (3rd gen or later), or a smart TV enabled with AirPlay or Chromecast, set your computer, mobile device or browser to “AirPlay” or “cast” to the TV device. Unlock the program on Eventive Virtual, then set your player window to full-screen using the icon at the lower right.

Chromecast will work on select Android devices, see instructions above. Chromecast on iOS devices are not compatible with the Eventive platform.

See Eventive's detailed instructions for their dedicated Apple TV and Roku apps in their FAQ here.

Important note: Due to content protection restrictions, the Screen Mirroring feature on Smart TVs and other devices cannot be used. Many browsers built into Smart TVs and other devices will NOT allow protected content to play.

You can also directly connect a laptop or computer using an HDMI cable.

Will there be a Q+A with filmmakers after the films?
There will be a live moderated Q+A with filmmakers via Zoom on scheduled dates and times. Audiences will be able to submit questions to panelists during the live Q+A. Recorded versions of the Q+A will be available as well on our YouTube channel after the festival concludes.

Are the virtual screenings available to users located outside the US?
Unless otherwise stated, streamed films and conversations will only be accessible to people located within the US territories due to screening rights restrictions.

I won’t be able to watch the film or join live Q+As during the festival dates.
Is there a way for me to still watch the film?

No, the films will be available only Jan 14-18. Q+As, however, will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel.

Can I share the screening link with others?
No. Links to films are only for the personal viewing of the individual who purchased a ticket. You may not forward or share the link with others.

Will tickets be available for purchase throughout the week of the festival?
Yes. For most events, tickets will be available between Jan 14-18. There are a limited amount of tickets available for each event.

I ordered a festival pass. Now what?
You can now order film/event tickets with your pass in our Virtual Cinema. You must register for each event individually. Tickets can sell out so please order tickets as soon as possible.

How to use a festival pass:

After you have successfully ordered a Full Festival Pass or a 5 Film Pass, you can now order film/event tickets with your pass in our Virtual Cinema. You must register for each film/event individually still. Your pass does not grant access to programs, you must use it to order individual tickets. Tickets can sell out so please order tickets as soon as possible.

After purchasing a pass, your pass will be connected to your Eventive account. You can now go to our virtual cinema here and order films (be sure to be logged in to your Eventive account). To use your pass, select “Unlock film” and then choose your payment method. To use your pass, use the payment method “Pre-order with “PASS NAME” ($0)”.

Our box office team can also assist you, they can be reached at boxoffice@mmjccm.org.


HOW TO USE ZOOM FOR LIVE Q+As

Joining a Zoom Q+A
Q+As will take place via Zoom. We recommend downloading the Zoom app in advance onto your computer or smartphone. You can create an account to log-in, but it is not a requirement.

At the scheduled start time, click on the access link directly on the Eventive page or in your access email, enter your email address and full name, and the conversation will automatically start once all panelists are ready. Conversations will become live on the scheduled Q+A start time. Zoom links can also be found here.

Once joining the conversation, you have the option to turn on your camera to be visible to the audience and panelists. Microphones will remain muted unless opened by the admin for you to ask a question.

Asking questions during Q+A
Questions to panelists can be submitted throughout the Q+A by typing them in the Chat feature on Zoom. You may also use the “Raise Hand” function. The moderator will choose which questions to direct to the panelists based on relevance and time restrictions. We do not guarantee all questions will be answered, or the order in which they are answered.

If your questions is picked – you will be notified via the Zoom Chat by a festival producer. When it is your turn to ask a question – the moderator will call your name, and your mic will be unmuted for you to ask your question live. If you do not want to ask your question live, please mention when submitting it in the chat for the moderator to read it out.

Please only submit one question, and keep questions short and concise.

Q+A etiquette
Please engage respectfully. Any inappropriate or offensive conduct or comments during a Q+A may cause you to be removed from the Q+A session by our system administrator.

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Tickets

The Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival will take place virtually Jan 14-18, 2020.
Click here to buy tickets and passes.

Early Bird passes and tickets are available starting Dec 16.
Early bird pricing will end Jan 3.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Early Bird prices:
Single Film Virtual Ticket – $11
5 Film Pass (good for 5 programs except One Night in Miami screening) – $45
Full Festival Pass (good for all programs except One Night in Miami screening) – $75

General Admission prices (starting Jan 4)
Single Film Virtual Ticket – $13
MLK Day Special Screenings of Black Boys and John Lewis: Good Trouble - $5
5 Film Pass (good for 5 programs except One Night in Miami screening) – $55
Full Festival Pass (good for all programs except One Night in Miami screening) – $90

Ticket prices above do not include processing fees.

Click here to buy tickets and passes. Films will be available for rentals Jan 14-18. Some films have limited availability during the festival and may only be viewed on specific days. Please double check individual film availability on each film’s page or your confirmation email from Eventive. For more information, check our Virtual Festival FAQ.

How to use a festival pass:
After purchasing a pass, your pass will be connected to your Eventive account.
You can now go to our virtual cinema here and order films (be sure to be logged in to your Eventive account).

To use your pass, select "Pre-order now" and then choose your payment method.
To use your pass, use the payment method "Pre-order with "PASS NAME" ($0)".

Our box office team can also assist you, they can be reached at boxoffice@mmjccm.org

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About Us

Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival presents impactful films to engage the community toward a more democratic, inclusive, and just society. The festival explores various themes of social inequality, injustice, and responsibility. Through films, special events, and conversations, we aim to inspire participants to reflect and take action and to create a community of civic-minded individuals eager to make a collective change. In the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, our ultimate goal is to promote social action that leads to positive change in our society and beyond.

Want to volunteer? Email cinematters@mmjcm.org

2020 Advisory Committee

Vicki Abrams Lauren Annunziata
Jeff Bauml
Marjory Bauml
Brenda Berry
Kym Blanchard
Jenna Bond
Wendy Cohen
Barbara Dobkin
Aaron Dorfman
Ken Ebie
Mary Emmerich
Noah Emmerich Wendy Ettinger
Michelle Ganeless
Meg Goodman
Aikawa Hazuki
Tiana Idoni Matthews
Waters Jeanette
Carol M Joseph
Keisha Katz
Jon Lopatin
Simone Pero
Heidi Rieger
Pam Takiff
Chris Upperman
Sharon Weinberg
Lacey Schwartz

 

2020 Youth Advisory Committee

Jhanaya Belle (Film Department Intern)
Samuel Dexter Dore
Christopher John
Charlie Manzano
Kelsey Reeder (Film Department Intern)
Asante Wheat

Festival staff

Isaac Zablocki, Senior Director, Film Programs
Sheryl Parker, Director, The Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility
Kareema B. Partin, Associate Director, Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival
Mark Labadorf, Development Officer, Leadership Giving
Morgan Magid, Program Manager, Film Programs
Jessica Epstein, Director of Marketing Operations

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Past Festivals

2020 FESTIVAL

Films

Opening Night | All Rise
Dir. Anthony Mandler
Writers: Radha Blank, Cole Wiley, Janece Shaffer
98 min | Narrative

"Monster" is what the prosecutor calls 17-year-old honors student and aspiring filmmaker Steve Harmon, charged with felony murder. But is Steve really a monster? Adapted from the best-selling novel Monster by Walter Dean Myers.


The All-Americans
Dir. Billy McMillin
98 min | Documentary

Every year, in the nation's largest Latino immigrant community, a game between the country’s fiercest high school football rivals draws over 25,000 spectators. The All-Americans follows four players struggling to find their place in today’s America, as they prepare to play in the East LA Classic.


Always in Season
Dir. Jacqueline Olive
90 min | Documentary

Claudia Lacy moves from paralyzing grief to leading the fight for justice for her son, Lennon. Lennon's case, and the suspicions surrounding it, intersect with stories of other communities committed to breaking the silence of their own recent histories and leading the way to justice.


American Muslim
Dir. Adam Zucker
82 min | Documentary

In the initial 18-month battle over the Muslim ban, five Muslim-Americans in New York City confront the Age of Trump.

Film and Shabbat Shabbang 7pm.
Film followed by Q&A.


Changing the Game
Dir. Michael Barnett
95 min | Documentary

This dynamic documentary takes us into the lives of three transgender high school athletes—all at different stages of their athletic seasons, personal lives, and unique paths experiencing both success and fierce resistance in the world of sports.


Praying With My Legs 

Directed by Steve Brand
US | 27 min
Praying with My Legs explores the life, thought and transformative impact of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: scholar, mystic, devout Jew, fervent advocate for social justice and one of the most powerful voices of the religious left in the 20th Century.  This screening, presenting a 27-minute excerpt of the work-in-progress, features Heschel’s social justice activism and highlights his bond with Martin Luther King Jr. in the struggle for civil rights and in their mutual opposition to the war in Vietnam.


Slay the Dragon
Dir. Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance
101 min | Documentary

A secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago threatens to undermine our democracy. Slay the Dragon follows everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter.


Thirst for Justice
Dir. Leana Hosea
East Coast Premiere
70 min | Documentary

In the face of official denial and repression, extraordinary citizens fight for clean water. Can they succeed?


We Are the Radical Monarchs
Dir. Linda Goldstein Knowlton
97 min | Documentary

Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice in Oakland, started by two fierce queer women of color. We follow them as they face the challenge to grow the organization, before and after the 2016 election.


True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality
Dir. Peter Kunhardt, George Kunhardt + Teddy Kunhardt
101 min | Documentary

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, advocates on behalf of the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination. We follow his struggle to create greater fairness and see how racial injustice emerged, evolved, and continues to threaten the country.


Closing Night | Harriet
Dir. Kasi Lemmons
Writers: Gregory Allen Howard, Kasi Lemmons
125 min | Narrative

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

 

Events

Shabbat Shabbang: Presented in Partnership with Cinematters
Our dinners will include films, panels, and music that inspires social action—taking the spiritual practice of breaking bread together and using our shared time to explore social justice, history, current and political happenings, and other matters of interest to Jewish and NYC audiences. Pre-registration required. Visit our website for more information.

Cinematters R&R: Shabbat at the JCC
An amazing opportunity to experience the Cinematters festival as a family and community, R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and...IT'S ALL FREE! Suitable for adults and children, this day will include films and artists, storytelling, the Peace of Heart Choir, social justice text study, art, yoga, musical performances, discussions, panels, open play, and more.

Cinematters Social Justice Fair
Speak face-to-face with representatives from community organizations doing powerful social justice work across a wide variety of issues including climate change, housing justice, immigrant and refugee rights, and more! Come find a way to plug in, get connected, and take action.

From Intention to Action: A Morning of Advocacy + Service
Join us for a morning of learning, reflection, service, and action to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Participate in workshops on how to take action on immigrant rights, environmental justice, racial equity, and more; or participate in hands-on service projects, including cooking a meal for the B'nai Jeshurun/The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew Homeless Shelter.

Story Pirates Volunteering

Community Cooks

Environmental Activism Workshop

Storytelling

Activism Café
Join us for a morning of drop-in activities and action. You can make buttons sharing your perspective on issues that matter to you, register to vote, buy and donate books to incarcerated adults, and write postcards to elected officials. Endless coffee included.

Cinematters After Dark: Open Mic at Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Come sit back and relax for a night of spoken word after the film festival! Get a free drink along with your ticket when you use code word DREAM at the door.

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Partners

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