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 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/

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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