Paper Clips
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Paper Clips

2004, Performing Arts  -   6 Comments
Ratings: 6.56/10 from 16 users.

Paper ClipsThis modestly produced documentary packs an emotional wallop unlike practically any other in recent memory. It takes place in the rural, blue-collar Tennessee community of Whitwell, where a middle-school class embarks upon a simple but ambitious project: In an attempt to gauge the magnitude of World War II's Holocaust, students begin collecting paper clips, each of which represents a human life lost in the Nazis' systematic slaughter of Jews.

They are to amass 6 million paper clips, imagining each tiny piece of metal to be a human being. Thanks to the tremendous skill of directors Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab, we see how the enormity of this task transforms not only the children but their parents; indeed, the entire community. As the paper clips pile up, the people begin to understand the comprehensiveness of that long-ago manifestation of intolerance and hatred.

There is, we must admit, a bit of theatricality and heavy-handedness to the film's presentation. But its message is so clearly delineated and profound that its minor directorial excesses can easily be forgiven. Viewing this powerfully moving motion picture would benefit every family in the country...

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6 Comments / User Reviews

  1. dewflirt

    Honestly, they're not tears - I was just chopping onions...

    1. docoman

      Sorry I hurt your eyes mate, I'll sort it now then drop it. Claws away :)

  2. gavin

    why does everyone seem to praise this documentary but me? im doingan assignment on it for school and im just dreading the thought of a paper clip now. usually when you get to watch something in class its a ton of fun and all that but this thing is just dull

  3. Barb Krumwiede Kehr

    'Paper Clips' is a wonderful, moving documentary. What an incredible project.

  4. Sybil Spencer

    I've seen this documentary on television and it's one of the most moving things I've ever experienced. All kids should be so lucky as to learn this lesson this way. God bless those teachers who thought of it.

  5. Lori Urban

    Top Documentary site very cool.