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Paper Clips (2004)

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As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.

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Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee is the setting for this documentary about an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education. Struggling to grasp the concept of six-million Holocaust victims, the students decide to collect six-million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. The film details how the students met Holocaust survivors from around the world and how the experience transformed them and their community. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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It began as a lesson about prejudice... What happened next was a miracle

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$18,662 (USA) (27 May 2005)

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$1,095,118 (USA) (27 May 2005)
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Samuel Sitko: Future generations will have to learn about the Holocaust from the textbooks. We are the eyewitnesses that can, to a certain degree, tell you what took place.
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Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) See more »

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Music: Traditional
Written by Charlie Barnett and Joe Fab
Performed by Alison Krauss, accompanied by Cheryl White and Andrea Zonn
Courtesy of MMB Music (BMI)
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Should be shown to all school children
3 September 2004 | by (Stony Brook, NY) – See all my reviews

Paper Clips is one of the most inspirational times I've ever had at the movies (and I've seen my share). It's a documentary detailing a middle school project in Tennessee to teach kids about the atrocities of the Holocaust. The kids are collecting 6 million paper clips to represent the 6 million Jews who died. The framework of the film sounds simple, but the ideas and values behind it are complex. These children who were raised as Protestants in a poor southern town are exposed to the harsh reality of the world and deal with it with tolerance and understanding. They interact with actual Holocaust survivors and in the end team up to erect a monument more moving than anything in Washington, D.C. This film should be shown to all school children. It has taught me that education is the only way to really change the world significantly. If enough children are taught to work together and be peaceful to each other, then we will create a whole new generation of children who love and reason and think. What a beautiful world it would be. - Scott Gingold, 2004


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