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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, and grows to include millions of others killed.

Directors:

Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab

Writer:

Joe Fab
11 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Tom Bosley ... Himself
Casey Condra Casey Condra ... Himself
Cassie Crabtree Cassie Crabtree ... Herself
Rachel Gleitman Rachel Gleitman ... Herself
Mary Jane Higdon Mary Jane Higdon ... Herself
Linda Hooper Linda Hooper ... Herself
Bernard Igielski Bernard Igielski ... Himself
George Jacobs George Jacobs ... Himself
Sheila Levine Sheila Levine ... Herself
Sandra Roberts Sandra Roberts ... Herself
Peter Schroeder Peter Schroeder ... Himself
Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand ... Herself
Drew Shadrick Drew Shadrick ... Himself
Samuel Sitko Samuel Sitko ... Himself
David Smith David Smith ... Himself
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Documentary | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

HBO Family: Paper Clips See more »

Filming Locations:

Whitwell, Tennessee, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,662, 27 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,095,118, 27 May 2005
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

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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References Uprising (2001) See more »

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Jubilee
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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Wonderful, this movie is a must see
7 June 2004 | by parketlSee 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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