Paper Clips

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Directed by Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin, this documentary chronicles a rural Tennessee middle school's unique class project: finding a meaningful way to honor Holocaust victims. Brought up in a heavily fundamentalist Christian environment, most of the students had never seen, let alone spoken with, a member of the Jewish faith; nonetheless, the children of Whitwell found a poignant method of honoring the slain. Using individual paper clips to represent each life lost in the Holocaust, the students were inundated ...
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Directed by Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin, this documentary chronicles a rural Tennessee middle school's unique class project: finding a meaningful way to honor Holocaust victims. Brought up in a heavily fundamentalist Christian environment, most of the students had never seen, let alone spoken with, a member of the Jewish faith; nonetheless, the children of Whitwell found a poignant method of honoring the slain. Using individual paper clips to represent each life lost in the Holocaust, the students were inundated with contributions from around the world. Eventually, they managed to procure an authentic German rail car, which would become container to the millions of paper clips collected. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Special Features

Bonus scene; Interviews with Holocaust survivors; Bonus interview excerpts; Extended scenes
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This 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, if not the world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • UPC: 829567032220
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Virgil Films
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,263

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Linda Hooper Participant
David Smith Participant
Sandra Roberts Participant
Dagmar Schindel-Hildebrand Participant
Drew Shadrick Participant, Participant
Tom Bosley Participant
George Jacobs Participant
George Jacobs Participant
Peter Schroeder Participant
Dita Smith Participant
Patrick Martin Participant
Sheila Gluck Levine Participant
Bernard Igielski Participant
Rachel Gleitman Participant
Samuel Sitko Participant
Mary Jane Higdon Participant
Joe Grabezak Participant
Linda Pickett Participant
Kay Fab Voice Only
Allison Sutherland Voice Only
Miranda Ables Participant
Sherrill Atterton Participant
Candice Boston Participant
Angie Castle Participant
Coby Curvin Participant
Laura Davis Participant
Jessica Giles Participant
Tyler Hancock Participant
Ashley Lofty Participant
Ashley McGowan Participant
Christy Nunley Participant
Jessica Partin Participant
Jarvis Powell Participant
Lindsey Rollins Participant
Nicole Sanders Participant
Jennifer Vandergriff Participant
Chad Ables Participant
Steven Austin Participant
Molly Bailey Participant
Chris Brown Participant
Mindy Bryant Participant
Amanda Elliot Participant
Eric Fine Participant
David Flynn Participant
Felicia Floyd Participant
Monica Hammers Participant
Jonathan Higdon Participant
Ashley Hooks Participant
Breeze Hudson Participant
Chris Johnson Participant
Bruce Kilgore Participant
Laurie Lynn Participant
Holly Norman Participant
Holly Perkins Participant
Chris Privett Participant
Robbyn Reynolds Participant
Jessica Shipley Participant
Jaide Terry Participant
Lance Webb Participant
Jordan Carroll Participant
Ashley Clemons Participant
Casey Condra Participant
Heath Cookston Participant
Talena Cookston Participant
Cassie Crabtree Participant
Chaddi Hatfield Participant
Elizabeth Henry Participant
Cassie Higgins Participant
Laura Jefferies Participant
Mitch Kilgore Participant
David King Participant
Taylor Lawson Participant
Myles Parris Participant
Tory Raulston Participant
Felicia Rollins Participant
Tashawnna Seber Participant
Robyn Sisco Participant
Allison Thomas Participant
Latosha Worley Participant
Joseph Bailey Participant
Trey Bell Participant
Kristin Clemons Participant
Jaya Cookston Participant
Ryan Cookston Participant
Terri Lynn Floyd Participant
Wendy Floyd Participant
Chris Fox Participant
Allison Hall Participant
Amanda Headrick Participant
Carie Kilgore Participant
Katie Layne Participant
Thomas Martin Participant
Ashley Miller Participant
Judy Morrison Participant
Jeremy Nunley Participant
Randi Perkey Participant
Shanna Atterton Participant
Callie Bird Participant
Leanne Carr Participant
Ronny Carr Participant
Kayla Cates Participant
Carrie Davidson Participant
Lacey Essex Participant
Brandi Grayson Participant
Lindsey Hamblin Participant
Daniel Hooks Participant
Amanda Hooper Participant
Danielle King Participant
Lori Nelson Participant
Tiffany Matherly Participant
Ashley A. Morrison Participant
Hannah Mosier Participant
Jessica Nunley Participant
Kellie Nunley Participant
Amber Powell Participant
Meagan Powell Participant
Kristan Pyburn Participant
Brittany Reynolds Participant
Jessica Reynolds Participant
Jessi Royer Participant
Crystal Sanders Participant
Emily Sanders Participant
Felecia Scissom Participant
Colton Shadrick Participant
Latasha Shirley Participant
Greg Stalyon Participant
Whitney Terry Participant
Carrie Thomas Participant
Ryan Thomas Participant
Travis Tripp Participant
Kyle Upchurch Participant
Jessica Vandergriff Participant, Participant
April White Participant
Tiffany Whittemore Participant
Technical Credits
Elliot Berlin Director, Co-producer
Joe Fab Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Jessica Davenport Anson Associate Producer
Charlie Barnett Score Composer
John Basko Camera Operator
Regis Becker Camera Operator
Julia Dixon Eddy Editor
Donny Epstein Executive Producer
Gil Gilbert Camera Operator
Yeeshai Gross Executive Producer
Matthew Hiltzik Executive Producer
Robert M. Johnson Executive Producer, Producer
Elie Landau Executive Producer
Michael Marton Cinematographer
Ari Daniel Pinchot Producer
Tom Rowe Camera Operator
Stuart Avi Savitsky Associate Producer
Robert 'Sully' Sullivan Camera Operator
Jeffrey Tahler Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
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Disc #1 -- Paper Clips [2-Disc Special Edition]
   Play Feature
   Play Feature With Audio Commentary From Co-Directors Joe Fab & Elliot Berlin
Disc #2 -- Paper Clips [2-Disc Special Edition]
   Bonus Scenes
      "A Sabbath Lesson At Ground Zero"
      "Interview With Holocaust Survivor Bernard Igielski
      "Interview With Holocaust Survivor rachel Gleitman"
      "Bonus Interview Excerpts"
   Extended Scenes
      "Whitewell Post Office: 'Something's Goin' on Over Here!"
      "The Railcar's Journey to Whitewell"
      "Whitewell Churches: 'It Doesn't Matter Which One You Belong To...'"
      "Dedication of the Children's Holocaust Memorial"
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See Movie!

    This movie brings tears of joy, pain, and sadness to your eyes. It is a story that needs to be kept alive and this documentary does just that through the children of Whitwell, TN. Highly recommend it! My niece saw it in school and demanded that we see it as a family. Buy it and cherish it. I would also love to have a copy of Alison Kraus' Jubilee but can't find it on an any CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Inspiring and Educational Story

    I do not think that anything could depict teaching other cultures about "tolerance", "patience", "understanding", "human compassion", and "humanity" as this movie can. It was inspired by a Middle School Principal by the name of Linda Hooper who wanted to teach the predominantly Protestant children and their families about other cultures that they were not exposed to and not aware of. As a fellow Jew and the daughter of a man who lost his Mom and three bothers at the hands of Hitler and his orders to persecute the Jews in concentration camp and I had a grandmother and three uncles who I was deprived of ever being able to meet because of ignorance, intolerance, and senselissness. I think that everyone should take the time out to see this movie. It's inspiring and educational and you cannot walk away from this movie without being touched at the heart. It's a moving tribute to the memories of all of the Jews who perished in concentration camps and to their survivors and to those who were lucky enough to escape concentration camp and be Holocaust survivors as my dad is. My dad will be 89 years old in January and he still has vivid memories of those days back in Germany and how rought things were under the Hitler regime and he tells the story and says that he would not wish that on his worst enemy.<BR/>As a matter of fact one Summer a few years ago, on my parent's way home from vacation, they had not yet been made aware of Whitwell, TN and the Children's Holocaust Memorial or the book or DVD of Paper Clips and they made a wrong turn and stumbled across it merely by accident. That was the most inspiring trip of getting lost they had ever gone on. Unfortunately, they did not have much time that trip as it was an "unscheduled" stop. However, up their return home back to Florida they immediately began planning a trip that was based around going back to Whitwell, TN and spending time at this Memorial. As a matter of fact, the day that they were there, again by sheer accident they ran into Linda Hooper and she very graciously began conversing with them and as my dad was telling her about his background, needless to say, she became most interested and she invited my parent's into her office to continue the discussion. In between them finding Whitwell by accident and returning as a scheduled trip they had purchased the book Six Million Paper Clips and they brought it along with them. When they met Linda Hooper they asked her if she would please autograph the book for them, which she did proudly. I have already have a few phone conversations with Linda Hooper and she is a most charming woman and a very good example and role model for other human beings to follow. I would very "highly" recommend both the book Six Million Paper clips as well as the DVD Paper Clips. It is truly a heart-wrenching story. Unfortunately, this story is not make believe, all of the facts in this story are true. It's very hard to believe that we ever lived in such times. Hopefully, we never will again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keeping History Alive

    This was a beautiful story. I insisted that my grandchildren see it. I would like to have the music "Jubilee", played in the movie. Where can I get a single of this music? I think this movie should get more notice.

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    Posted April 17, 2010

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