Paper Clips

Rated G 88 minutes 2005

The rural community of Whitwell, Tennessee -- two traffic lights and population 1,600, nearly all of them white and Baptist -- seems an unlikely setting for a Holocaust memorial. But thanks to the efforts of middle-school principal Linda Hooper, two teachers, and a group of dedicated students, this little white-bread community has become a worldwide beacon for the teaching of tolerance. Eighth-graders studying the Holocaust had trouble grasping the magnitude of six million murdered Jews, so they decided to collect six million paper clips. After two German reporters heard about the project and wrote an article -- followed by accounts in The Washington Post and on NBC News -- paper clips started arriving in droves. Along with them came letters from Holocaust survivors, movie stars, and ordinary people who were moved by what the kids were doing. Documentary filmmakers Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin caught it all on film. Touching, inspirational, and great for school kids and adults alike.

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Director: Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab

Writer: Joe Fab

Producer: Joe Fab, Ari Daniel Pinchot and Robert M Johnson

Cast: Linda Hooper, David Smith, Sandra Roberts, Peter Schroeder, Dagmar Schindel-Hildebrand, Bernard Igielski, Rachel Gleitman, Samuel Sitko, Joe Grabezak and Casey Condra

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