Washington Jewish Film Festival returns, with films both light and dark.

Museums are great, says Ilya Tovbis, and he should know. He used to work in one: San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. It was while he was there that he started interning for the city’s International Film Festival, a casual side gig that turned into a lifelong love affair. After stints at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the Jewish Community Center of New York’s Israel Film Center and other film presenters, Tovbis has, since 2012, been running the Washington Jewish Film Festival, which opens Wednesday with a 7 p.m. screening of “The Women’s Balcony” at the AFI’s Silver Theatre. The 27th annual festival, which includes 140 events at multiple venues around town, runs through May 28, concluding with a 7:15 p.m. screening of “Fanny’s Journey” at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington.

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