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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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a beautiful movie, unfairly maligned by some IMDb "critics"
24 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most IMDb commentators have justly praised this beautiful, inspiring movie. But two commentators have downgraded this movie because it supposedly focuses on the murder of the Jewish people only - as if this were not a worthy enough focus in any case. This "criticism" would be a joke if it were funny (the joke being the one about the mother-in-law who gives her son-in-law two ties, one brown and one red, and when he wears the brown tie to dinner she complains: "What's the matter, you don't like the red one?")

According to one "critic," the movie fails to address the anti-homosexuality that the critic claims is rampant in Southern Baptist towns like the one where the paper-clip project took place. According to another "critic," the movie fails to address the fact that the Nazis also exterminated millions of non-Jews, who were considered either enemies of the State or racial inferiors. The main problem with such criticism is that the movie does in fact specifically address these facts. The movie does in fact memorialize the millions of non-Jews also killed by the Nazis, such as homosexuals, Slavs, gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, mental defectives, socialists, communists, etc. The movie specifically refers to some of these groups, including homosexuals. I wonder what movie these "critics" were watching.

In addition, these "critics" failed to understand the message of this movie, which was the conscious teaching, learning, and practice of tolerance, not only towards Jews - as if this would not be a good enough lesson, in any case - but towards any community of people different from one's own, any community that one might otherwise be inclined, out of fear and ignorance, to stereotype, degrade, hate, and even try to destroy.


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