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.
Jul 17, 2015

Beyond the Borders- New Film Coming Your Way!

This past May, Afghan-born American novelist Khaled Hosseini traveled to Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp with UNHCR to bear witness to the realities of the Syrian conflict. Writing in his reflection for New Statesman he began,

“Some things are simply too big to be taken in all at once. Raise your eyes one night to the sky, to the blackness sprayed with millions of stars, and try seeing all of it, the whole sky. It can’t be done. It overwhelms. The best you can do is to fix on a star or two and imagine the sheer vastness of the heavens through them. Sometimes, what you can’t grasp as a whole, you can picture through its parts. The same could be said about human suffering.”

With a stroke of his pen, Hosseini put into eloquent words the challenges human rights advocates and humanitarian organizations face when attempting to engage the public on mass atrocities.

This summer marks the fourth year of the Syria’s civil war. Estimates suggest 7.6 million Syrians are internally displaced and close to 4 million are living as refugees. These numbers are critical indicators of the magnitude of this humanitarian disaster. They are cold hard facts– easy to memorize and appealing to the human mind, which seeks to apply order and understanding to a tragedy, the reality of which is too catastrophic for us to truly comprehend. In quantifying human tragedy, however, we lose sight of the problem at the most basic and universal human level.

In early 2014, 3 Generations set out for Jordan to film the stories of Syrian refugees living in and around Amman. Our mission was to give a human face to the tragedy of Syria’s civil war. Our efforts resulted in three beautiful stories which are available for viewing on our website. In 2015, we are continuing our efforts to share the individual stories of Syrians and those tirelessly working to bring peace to the region. 3 Generations has partnered with GroundTruth Productions to produce a new film titled, Beyond the Borders. Set along the borders of Syria and Lebanon, Beyond the Borders will follow the efforts of German Professor, Friedrich Bokern as he builds a new model for peace. The film, shot by Georgia and Sophia Scott, will follow Bokern as he fights against the spread of terrorism, for human rights and education for all. Entwined in Bokern’s story are the intimate journeys of four Syrian refugees battling to overcome the torment of their shattered lives.

As a small nonprofit, our ability to create great films depends on the generosity of our donors and fans. With your support we can ensure these stories are heard. Join 3 Generations today and help us bring attention to the plight of Syria’s refugees. 

Jul 10, 2015

Remembering Srebrenica 20 Years Later

This month, Bosnia and the international community commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre of 1995, which saw roughly 8,500 men and boys killed simply because of their Muslim religion. The Bosnian War, and especially Srebrenica, must never be forgotten, as it marks the largest mass murder in Europe since World War II. 3 Generations is proud to partner with Sophia and Georgia Scott and Groundtruth Productions in support of their latest film In The Shadow of War, which reveals that even after twenty years, the past is not yet behind the people affected by this war and genocide. Many films have been made about the war in former Yugoslavia—dealing with the subjects of truth, justice, and reconciliation, but this is the first film which charts the long term impact the war has had on children born during or just after the war ended. 

Our mission at 3 Generations is to record the stories of survivors and amplify their voices through broad outreach. In addition to In The Shadow of War, we are also thrilled to announce Rinchen Dharlo’s interview is now available on our website. Dharlo, who is currently president of the Tibet Fund, experienced firsthand the deaths of his brother and mother and was eventually forced to flee from Tibet to India. The sad truth is genocide, war, and displacement are not exclusive to any geographic or ethnic boundaries: they happen everywhere. 

Go to In The Shadow of War's website to find out more about the Scott sisters’ film, or watch the trailer on our own website as well, along with Rinchen Dharlo’s interview. Thank you to all who have continued to support 3 Generations. With your help, we will continue to raise awareness where awareness is due and assist survivors whose voices deserve to be heard. 

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Jul 9, 2015

Rinchen Dharlo's Story Now Available!

On July 6th the Dalai Lama, whose spiritual teachings of love and friendship inspire all of us here at 3 Generations, is turning eighty years old. This is an accomplishment in itself as well as a cause of celebration. It is also, however, a time to reflect. Since 2009 more than 140 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest China’s oppressive and deliberate occupation. More and more peaceful Tibetan demonstrations are being met with violence from Chinese police. There are also now more Chinese residents living in Tibet’s capital Lhasa than Tibetans, as most have been forced out of their city. This is truly a cultural genocide.

3 Generations is proud to share human rights stories from around the world. We strive to amplify the voices of those who may not be heard. One of our past interviewees is Rinchen Dharlo, who now serves as the current president of the Tibet Fund. Dharlo suffered the deaths of both his brother and mother and eventually had to flee to India, walking hundreds of miles through the Himalayan Mountains, where the temperature is so cold it can be deadly. 

We continue to support Rinchen and all survivors of genocide. 3 Generations strives to protect both individuals and their stories. So, Happy Birthday to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama! And thank you to everyone who has supported our organization. With your continued help, stories like Rinchen’s will not be silenced. His interview is now available on our website for viewing:

http://www.3generations.org/story/rinchen-dharlo/

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