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Part two of “Point Four” documentary highlights the relationship between Stillwater and Ethiopia

by Heather Warlick Published: July 19, 2012
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— The second installment of “Point Four,” the documentary that highlights the agricultural link between Stillwater and Ethiopia, premieres at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wes Watkins Center Auditorium at Oklahoma State University.

Part one of the series is available for streaming at www.abaymovies.com.

The series focuses on Oklahoma A&M University (now OSU) agriculture students' and professors' mission to share their knowledge of agriculture.

“It's about what happens when two countries and two leaders get together for the common good,” said director Mel Tewahade.

His father, Fitwarari Tewahad Woldyes, was governor of Harer in Ethiopia in the 1960s.

“It's an amazing story,” Tewahade said. “I mean, my dad used to tell me how beautiful these people are. They came from Oklahoma; they're Christian. I didn't know what Oklahoma was.”

The unlikely relationship was first conceived in 1949, as the world still reeled from World War II.

In his inaugural speech, President Harry Truman said he wanted a bold new program to share America's innovative technology with underdeveloped nations. The idea was called Truman's “Point Four” project.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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Documentary premiere

“The Point Four Documentary — Part Two” premieres at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wes Watkins Center Auditorium at Oklahoma State University. Other showings will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. on Friday at the same location. The screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (405) 744-2507 or email Katie.reim@okstate.edu.

It's an amazing story. I mean, my dad used to tell me how beautiful these people are. They came from Oklahoma; they're Christian. I didn't know what Oklahoma was.”

Mel Tewahade

“Point Four” director

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