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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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Performed by Alison Krauss, accompanied by Cheryl White and Andrea Zonn
Courtesy of MMB Music (BMI)
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Wonderful, this movie is a must see
7 June 2004 | by (Seattle, USA) – See all my reviews

I was so lucky to have seen this at the Seattle International Film Festival.

This documentary covers simple act of students trying to conceptualize the enormity of the six million people who were killed in the Holocaust by using paper clips.

Two teachers created a curriculum designed to teach their mostly white middle school kids about tolerance. In selecting the Holocaust they ended up teaching more than the kids, they changed themselves and their town. They also reached people around the world, many who shared stories about loved ones who were lost. Survivors also tell their stories and express their joy and appreciation of experiencing life.

Miramax purchased this documentary, and hopefully they will release it soon.

As the number of people who can tell the Holocaust story from the first person perspective dwindles, this film is a gift to those of us learning about WWII and the Holocaust from text books.


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