The hit documentary feature, Paper Clips which received critical acclaim during its release in Johannesburg and Cape Town, will open at Brooklyn Nouveau in Pretoria and Gateway Nouveau in Durban, on Friday, 14 July. The film, which was acquired for distribution in South Africa by Videovision Entertainment, captured the imagination of audiences through its documentation of the unusual approach adopted by a United States high school to quantify the magnitude of the Holocaust.
Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee is the setting for this documentary about an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education. Struggling to grasp the concept of six-million Holocaust victims, the students decide to collect six-million paper clips to understand the extent of this crime against humanity. Paper Clips details how the students met Holocaust survivors from around the world and how the experience transformed them and their community.
Local critics lauded Paper Clips with the Cape Times saying, “far-reaching transformational powers is at the heart of this healing and encouraging message,” while The Star declared, “Uplifting warms the heart,” The Sunday Times stated, “A moving documentary about a community coming to grips with a large truth,” the Cape Argus called Paper Clips a “humble lesson in tolerance,” and the Jewish Report said, “Poignant sequences, well focused touching.”
The Union of Jewish Women of South Africa in its endorsement of Paper Clips, said that the film was “inspiring” and that “it shows how tolerance can overcome prejudice.”
Sanjeev Singh, Head Of Acquisition and Distribution for Videovision Entertainment commented, “We are delighted to have acquired the South African rights for Paper Clips as it deals with the Holocaust in a very unique way and promotes understanding and tolerance. Pretoria and Durban audiences will now have an opportunity to see this remarkable film.”