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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.

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Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab

Writer:

Joe Fab
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Cast

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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Official Sites:

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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:

$25,535, 28 November 2004

Gross USA:

$1,121,744

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,152,757
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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 »

Soundtracks

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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Must be seen in schools
1 December 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This amazing document merits a view because it shows how a school project got children involved in understanding the fate of millions of human beings that perished during WWII because of the evil doing of a mad man. In fact, "Paper Clips" should be required viewing in schools as it clearly shows how hate and prejudice is so wrong in this society, and in the world.

Whitwell Middle School's principal, Linda Hopper, tells us about the town's history and racial make-up. Whitwell is basically a white lower middle class community. In fact, this impoverish town could be the perfect ground where prejudice could erupt, based on ignorance and how they perceive other people of different background and religion than theirs.

It's a credit to the teachers and the young students that got involved in the project to come to the realization about the horrible fate the Jews suffered during a period of modern history that shouldn't have happened. By collecting paper clips, a Norwegian symbol about their opposition of the senseless killings, the children get an education about something most hadn't been exposed to.

Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab deserve praise for bringing this uplifting documentary about tolerance and acceptance. Ultimately, the people of Whitwell, and especially the teachers that motivated their students to participate in the project are the clear winners for having gained knowledge about how to respect races and other cultures.


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