3 Generations

3 Generations works to end injustice and fulfill humanity's potential through storytelling. As storytellers and witnesses we aim to shine a spotlight on our common humanity through a variety of cultural methods including documentary film, oral history, witness testimony and creative writing. We create change by curating the most compelling stories and most impactful change strategies to get people's attention and compel them to act.
Dec 23, 2014

For 55 Years

In a stern reminder of more than half a century of oppression, thousands of robe clad Tibetans gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal this past December 10. On the 66th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, the collected mass rallied to bring awareness of the continued struggle of the Tibetan people; a legacy of cultural and religious suppression lasting 55 years.

As 3 Generations strives to bring the stories of victims and vulnerable populations to light, the voices of the Tibetan people provide invaluable first-hand accounts into the struggles of a subjugated people. The recollections of Nagwang Sandrol, a past interviewee, provide sobering accounts of the continued religious suppression. Her experiences in a monastery, destroyed by Chinese oppressors, are, sadly, shared experiences among the over 20,000 displaced Tibetans. Her feelings of anger and injustice are shared by people around the world.  

In 2015, we continue our effort of shedding light on the turmoil that has become a daily occurrence in the lives of the Tibetan people. Look forward to new stories, such as those of Tibet Fund president, Rinchen Dharlo, in the coming year. As an organization striving to amplify the voices of victims worldwide, 3 Generations looks to our supporters to help incite a national dialogue. We need to bring the world to a realization that 55 years of oppression is 55 too many.   

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Oct 16, 2014

Rinchen Dharlo's Story

Documenting survival stories on Tibetan refugees is one of 3 Generations’ biggest priorities. This summer we were fortunate enough to interview Rinchen Dharlo, a pre-eminent Tibetan refugee, statesman and current president of the Tibet Fund. We at 3 Generations are all grateful he has shared his story with us.

Rinchen Dharlo is the former representative of the Dalai Lama to the Americas and is currently living in New York City. Mr. Dharlo was born in Western Tibet near Nepal, the oldest of five children. In 1959, he and his family fled oppression from occupying China. While migrating around Nepal, they lived in tents or under trees, having to endure very harsh conditions while also stricken with disease. His mother and younger brother died tragically during this time.

Rinchen eventually managed to enroll at a school in India which the Indian government setup for Tibetan children. Unfortunately, he had to leave his family behind, but still tried to keep in contact with them as they moved from place to place despite not always knowing where they were. As president of the Tibet Fund, Mr. Dharlo now helps other Tibetan refugees retain their cultural practices and teach others about Tibetan culture and tradition.

Mr. Dharlo's moving story will soon be publicly available through our archives at www.3generations.org. Thank you, Rinchen, for sharing your incredible story with us. For more stories like this one, please consider donating to our project today. Just 5 donations of $10 would help us research to identify survivors of genocide while 5 donations of $25 would provide one hour of professional editing. The more support, the more we can do to raise awareness about international human rights abuses. Help be a part of the change!

Oct 15, 2014

We Need More Stories

It's been a year since President Obama's "red-line" statement and the UN and OPCW's (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) subsequent joint mission into Syria elicited the surge in Syria related news stories that the millions of suffering and displaced Syrians so desperately needed. A year later however, the narrative has changed considerably. Where last year, newspapers detailed the stories of ordinary Syrians, the majority of whom are moderate Muslims, simply trying to resist Assad and/or get their families out of harm's way, stories today have narrowed their attention to focus on the West's fight against extremist groups, specifically ISIS. Sadly however, Syria's civil war remains ongoing with the numbers of displaced Syrians only growing larger by the day. Without international news outlets focusing on the refugee crisis, who hears their stories?

As a storytelling organization, 3 Generations endeavors to share the stories of individuals who have endured tremendous abuse and suffering. As a nonprofit however, our filmmaking efforts depend on donations from people like you. Help us raise the money we need to produce new video interviews with Syrian refugees by donating to our project today.

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