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Paper Clips

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Elliot Berlin & Joe Fab

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About the Movie

When the students of Tennessee's Whitwell Middle School began studying the Holocaust as a way to learn about intolerance and diversity, nobody could have predicted the results. In 2001, the Paper Clip Project culminated in a unique memorial that changed the lives of those who created it, as well as touching Holocaust survivors and countless communities. Because Norwegians invented the paper clip and used it as a symbol of solidarity against the Nazis, students started collecting them to help visualize such vast numbers of victims. As word spread online and in the media, paper clips poured in from around the world, 11 million of which are enshrined in an authentic German railcar standing in the schoolyard. "Patiently told and lovingly made" (Variety), this inspiring, award-winning documentary shows how even small-town students and educators can teach the world powerful lessons.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 53
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Symbolism is hard to swallow, and it's near impossible to relate to these paper clips as souls, especially when they are talked about in terms of collecting and counting and displaying. – Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: What makes Paper Clips so powerful and moving is the way everyone in the film seems affected by the Whitwell project. The students change. The teachers change. The townspeople change. – Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Will always succeed with audiences because it documents an A-level grass-roots effort. But as filmmaking, the disappointment is that it manages only C-level vision. – Janice Page, Boston Globe, Jan 14, 2006

Fresh: The best way to appreciate Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin's documentary is to ignore the mood-bullying music, cheesy narration and plodding style so you can focus on the touching story at its heart. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

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Customer Reviews


Best movie but sad

I <3 history!:)<3

I watched this in school I fell in love with this documentary about the holocaust I wish I was 1 of those children that helped collect the paper clips unfortunately I live in Lancaster PA and I'm only 13.Im in 7th grade and go to Warwick middle school I wish we could do a project about the holocaust like that.Even though it looked tiring it also looked fun to learn and be a part of some thing that amazing! I love the holocaust museum & the survivors or the Jews that died I greatly appreciate your struggles and bravery thank you!<3:)

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2004

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