Arts Alliance America Educational Media has announced the availability of a newly developed educational version of the award-winning film Paper Clips. Originally released as a feature film, the critically acclaimed documentary has been modified to include materials for use in development of classroom curriculums.
The film chronicles an assignment given to students in a small rural community in Tennessee to explore diversity, tolerance, culture, history and love. The DVD includes four standard lesson plans for junior and senior high school students; a pop-up version of the film with facts, footage, and photos to facilitate classroom discussion, and teachers’ guides and student handouts in printable formats.
Paper Clips was declared one of the top five documentaries of 2004 by The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. It received the “Audience Award” for Best Documentary at the 2004 Palm Springs International Film Festival, and won “Best Documentary,” “Best Director,” “Best Original Score” and received “The Jury Award” for Best American Documentary at the 2004 Rome International Film Festival.
Synopsis of the film: Whitwell is a small rural community of less than 2,000 people nestled in the mountains of Tennessee. Its citizens are almost exclusively white and Christian. 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. What happened would change the students, their teachers, their families and the entire town forever… and eventually open hearts and minds around the world.
Paper Clips captures how these students responded to lessons about the Holocaust—with a promise to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis.
Despite the fact that they had previously been unaware of and unfamiliar with the Holocaust, their dedication was absolute. The result, a memorial railcar filled with 11 million paper clips (representing 6 million Jews and 5 million gypsies, homosexuals, and other victims of the Holocaust) which stands permanently in their schoolyard, is an unforgettable lesson of how a committed group of children and educators can change the world one classroom at a time.
Paper Clips – The Educationally Enhanced Version DVD is rated G and has a running time of 84 minutes and a suggested retail price of $59.99.
Other DVD programs available in Arts Alliance America’s Educational Media Line include Super Size Me – The Educationally Enhanced Version, which includes interactive activities, 24 curriculum lessons; 12 middle school lessons; 12 high school lessons; games, student handout materials, educator’s manual, and more. The DVD is rated PG and has a running time of 100 minutes.
Coming in January 2008, On Common Ground , Run Granny Run and Christopher Reeve: Hope In Motion .
Source: Arts Alliance America Educational Media, www.artsallianceamerica.com