Paper Clips (2004) - Synopsis
PAPER CLIPS is the multi award-winning documentary that chronicles how a school project about the Holocaust in a small, rural town in Tennessee became a worldwide phenomenon.
In 1998, the children of Whitwell Middle School took on an inspiring project, launched out of their Principal's desire to help her students open their eyes to the diversity of the world beyond their insulated valley. The aim was simple – to collect six million paper clips, to represent the victims of the Holocaust, as the students could not visualise what six million of anything looked like.
Picked up by the US media the project grew into a phenomenon, bringing together the stories of friends and family members who perished at the hands of the Nazi’s, culminating in a group of survivors who journey to Whitwell to tell their story to the town and the world.