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.
Jun 10, 2015

Bigger Steps to a Better Land

This past May, a crushing blow came to residents of Texas and environmentalists alike as the Lone Star state passed a law prohibiting towns and cities from locally banning fracking and oil harvesting practices. The impact of this legislation takes an especially hard toll for residents of Denton, Texas who last year voted to locally ban the practice of hydraulic fracking.

“The state of Texas has failed to stop Big Oil from polluting our air and water, causing earthquakes, and putting our families at risk from leaks, spills and explosions,” said Director of Environment Texas, Luke Metzger.

In June, Maryland effectively placed a two and a half year ban on fracking while New York has banned the practice altogether. Yet despite these efforts to curtail the practice of fracking, legislation like Texas’s recent law continues to put more and more Americans at risk. For residents of large oil producing states like the Native American residents of the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota, every additional fracking well makes them ever more vulnerable to the negative environmental and health effects associated with fracking. Unless, larger oil producing states takes steps to regulate the industry, very little seems to stands in the way of Big Oil from further contributing to the landscape of oil wells across Texas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota.

Over the past two months, the 3 Generations team has taken steps to spread awareness of the dangers of fracking. In June, we finished filming for our latest endeavor, The Dakota Project. On the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, the tribes act as a sovereign nation, controlling their decision to frack. In April our production team was able to see those fracking impacts firsthand. Over the course of filming, the production team worked with Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes of North Dakota to uncover the personal stories of those affected by the oil industry. In the coming months, 3 Generations' Executive Director Jane Wells be making her way to France to join the film’s editors in putting together this gripping chronicle of the lives and lands affected by fracking.

3 Generations is continually working to play a larger role in protecting the lands of the MHA Nation. In April, the team joined the Fort Berthold reservation's boys and girls club in a tree planting initiative in honor of Earth Day. We continue to make bigger strides in sharing the stories of those affected by the ever invasive oil industry. Join us as we work to amplify the voices of the Native Americans and bring awareness to the effects hidden behind the growing number of oil wells.

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May 6, 2015

A Century Ago and Now

Armenian Flags at the Pope
Armenian Flags at the Pope's Address

“Genocide,” Pope Francis called it while addressing his congregation earlier this April. On the 100th Anniversary of a mass killing that left an estimated 1.5 million Armenians dead at the hands of Ottoman Turks, the Pope ignited a global response condemning the slaughter as the “first genocide of the 20th century”. Days later, Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, would go on to call the mass killings as an “atrocity crime,” urging the international community to strengthen its capacity to prevent such crimes from ever occurring.  

Despite the 100 years that have passed since the massing killings that occurred in what is now present-day Turkey, the effects and animosity from the century old atrocity still remain relevant issues today. Yet, far too often, we continue to let acts of atrocity occur right under our noses. Too often, our vows to “never again” let such crimes happen fall on deaf ears.

“Today, too, we are experiencing a sort of genocide created by general and collective indifference,” Francis said during his April 12th address.

At 3 Generations, our “End of Atrocity” project is not a far off hope but an evolving call for social action, for the realization that the crimes we allow to occur today will have lasting effects on the generations tomorrow. Through our “End of Atrocity” campaign, we are asking global leaders and social movers for their visions of a world without crimes against humanity. With our end game of achieving the end of atrocity, we explore the root causes of mass atrocity and address the necessary steps to dispelling the collective indifference facilitate continued crimes. Join 3 Generations as we fight to make “never again” a reality. With your continued support we can take the crucial steps in envisioning a world without atrocity.

Apr 14, 2015

April: A Month of Remembrance

With April comes a significant month in remembering the atrocities of genocide. April 7 marks the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda; the date for Holocaust Remembrance day according to the Hebrew calendar falls on the 16th April this year; and April 24th marks the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

April also marks the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of multiple Nazi Concentration Camps. 3 Generations’ Founder and Executive Director Jane Wells’ father Sidney Bernstein was with the Allied Forces that liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. As a film advisor to the Ministry of Information, he was responsible for overseeing the film units as they documented the atrocities found there. When Sidney Bernstein returned to the UK he was tasked with producing a feature length film, German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, about the camps the Allies liberated. He brought together some of the greatest filmmakers, writers and talent of that era to create a permanent reminder of Nazi atrocities for generations to come. In the fall of 1945, however, his Ministry of Information superiors closed down the production and the film was not completed or shown. The complex story of that film and why it was stifled was not fully told until 2014, when it became the subject of the award-winning documentary, Night Will Fall, directed by Andre Singer. On May 19 we will be hosting a fundraising screening of the film at The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

(If you are interested in attending the screening, please follow us on Facebook/Twitter for ticketing updates)

These dates draw our focus to the act of remembrance and the ways in which we can best memorialize the experiences of survivors. Here at 3 Generations we believe that sharing stories through the medium of film is a significant step in the process of healing the lasting wounds caused by these atrocities. Our mission is to create a platform for the voices of survivors, and to amplify and honor their voices through as wide an outreach as possible.

Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to provide this platform nor would we be able to educate people in the atrocities of genocide and other human rights abuses. In order for us to continue our healing and educational work we need your ongoing support. Please continue your support so we can continue our work. 

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