Q&A: Rebekah Wingert-Jabi
Local Filmmaker Found Reston Has Something in Common With the West Bank
Rebekah Wingert-Jabi’s new documentary will show at the Environmental Film Festival Thursday.
Washingtonian, March 21, 2016
Rebekah Wingert-Jabi’s last documentary was about a small neighborhood in East Jerusalem where Jewish settlers began forcibly evicting Palestinian residents several years ago, sparking protests that were joined—surprisingly—by Israeli activists. For her next one, Wingert-Jabi decided to focus on a very different place: Reston, Virginia, the town where she had grown up, and where she returned to live in 2008.
Wingert-Jabi’s new film, Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA, looks at the first planned community built in the United States after World War II—with money that its founder made from the sale of a family asset, New York’s Carnegie Hall. Reston was designed to be a three-dimensional town rather than a cookie-cutter suburb, with a full range of housing types and prices, a robust public life stemming from its village and town centers, and swaths of woodlands and stream valleys. (It also deliberately sought racial integration, an anomaly in 1960s Virginia.)
Photograph by Jim Kirby