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Four Friends

Directed by: Esther Dar
60 Minutes, 2000

Four women – Selma Dejani, daughter of an Old Palestinian Moslem family; Wadad Shihade, a Palestinian Christian, originally from Jaffa; Olga Belkind, daughter of a prominent Zionist family; and Sharona Aharon from the heart of cosmopolitan Tel-Aviv – who were roommates at an Anglican boarding school in Jerusalem in 1939, meet 50 years later for a reunion. For Olga and Sharona, the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was the fulfillment of a dream but for Selma and Wadad it spelled the beginning of a lifelong tragedy. Their emotional reunion encapsulates the drama and pain rocking the region.