Paper Clips

2004, Documentary/War, 1h 22m

53 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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A touching, though somewhat flat, documentary that follows a homogenous class of white Protestant eighth graders as they learn the importance of tolerance by erecting a monument to the 6 million victims of the Holocaust. Read critic reviews

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Searching for an effective way to teach their students about the scale of the Holocaust, school officials in Tennessee devise a unique class project involving paper clips. The middle school students in a rural, heavily Christian community begin collecting the paper clips to represent the Jews who perished in concentration camps in World War II. After millions of the paper clips are collected, the last step is to place them inside a German rail car, a poignant echo of the Final Solution.

Cast & Crew

Joe Fab
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Bob Weinstein
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Harvey Weinstein
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Joe Fab
Producer
Robert M. Johnson
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Elliot Berlin
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Critic Reviews for Paper Clips

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Audience Reviews for Paper Clips

  • May 15, 2010
    Paper clips are a documentary about a schools project to represent all the people who died in the Holocaust. The kids at this school only know people from one race white and they were all christens. They have never seen other races or never met a Jew before. They got an authentic German rail car to put the chain of millions of paper chips in. I Pros Really moving. Makes people see the world in different way. I was shock to see how little as a paper chip and how one group of people was able to make a big lasting impact on today's world. An eye opener. Con Slow at times. Warning It might not be for everyone. If u want a moving documentary you should give this a try.
    erika b Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2009
    Very interesting, although it sounds like it wouldn't be. I thought it was brilliant what they did. I wear a paper clip every day on my shirt in support of the project. KUDOS!
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2009
    Simple story, too saccharine for my taste
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2009
    <i>Paper Clips</i> is an ordinary documentary chronicling the extraordinary efforts of a small Southern town in Tennessee. Though stylistically it is not impressive, the story is moving enough to keep the viewer's attention.
    Andrew F Super Reviewer

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