by Kate Gellene
January 3rd, 2014

Next week, the JCC in Manhattan will kick off their winter screening series Cinematters with Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act Of Killing, one of the most unique and memorable documentaries to come out in recent memory. The film is the first of many films to screen at the JCC, which will offer weekly screenings beginning January 7th through April, 2014.

The JCC Cinematters series 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, screenings include conversations with filmmakers and other special guest speakers. Believing that 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.

For a full list of films, head over to the JCC Manhattan website or connect on Facebook.

The Act Of Killing - January 7th
Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark/Norway/UK, 2012, 122 min)
Followed by a conversation with Director Joshua Oppenheimer.
Director Joshua Oppenheimer and executive producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes and challenge them to reenact their real-life mass-killings via musical numbers, action, and comedy scenes, and other genres of the American movies they love.

Nothing Like Chocolate – January 21st
Dir. Kum-Kum Bhavnani (Grenada/Ivory Coast/US, 2012, 67 min)
Deep in the rainforests of Grenada, anarchist chocolatier Mott Green seeks solutions to the problems of a ravaged global chocolate industry. Nothing Like Chocolate traces his chocolate cooperative, and exposes the practices and politics of chocolate as well as its change from sacred plant to object of corporate blasphemy.

Bethlehem – Feb 11th
Dir. Yuval Adler (Israel, 2013, 99min)
A thriller about the complex relationship between Razi, an Israeli secret services agent who works as a coordinator for the Bethlehem district of Israel’s General Security Services, and his informant Sanfur, a Palestinian teenager, and the younger brother of the commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades in the city of Bethlehem.


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