Movies that Matter

Film Screenings for Schools


Monday, December 4, 2017
10 am – 1 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Students view award-winning documentary films exploring themes — including identity, culture, and tolerance— inspired by the Jewish Museum’s collection. Engaging, guided conversations follow each screening.

Joe’s Violin (2016)
For Middle Schools

A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin—purchased in a displaced person’s camp after World War II—to a public school instrument drive.  This Academy Award nominated documentary short tells the survivor’s story and that of the 12-year-old Bronx girl who receives his violin.

Screened with From Damascus to Chicago (2016)
In Chicago, a dance studio is working with resettled young Syrian refugees, helping them learn English and transition to life far from home. This short documentary follows a Syrian family as their two young children prepare for a dance performance.

Free; includes pizza lunch

To register, email or call 212.423.3254. Limit: 40 tickets per school.

Movies That Matter is made possible through the generosity of the Nissan Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation, and Deborah and Michael Rothman. Additional support is provided through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and Council Member Peter Koo.

Still from Joe's Violin