City Paper Spring Arts Guide

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I wonder if Natalie Portman would make a good director,” the Washington Jewish Film Festival’s got you covered. Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, will close out a week-long festival of nearly 80 international films, screened across the city. Features, documentaries, and shorts illustrate the diversity of the Jewish experience, which includes Persian farmers (Baba Joon, billed as “the first Persian-language Israeli film”); African tribes (Black Jews: The Roots of the Olive Tree); teenage love and rebellion (Barash); and Barney Frank (Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank). Directors, actors, producers, and writers will speak between screenings. Other events include a panel about Arab citizenry in Israel and an evening of storytelling with Story District on the subject of faith and sexuality. Feb. 24–March 6 at various locations. $13 single tickets; passes start at $150. —Anya van Wagtendonk

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