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.
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. 

Apr 14, 2015

Our Veterans Deserve More

Despite the scandal, despite the reform, despite the resignation of the Veterans Affairs Secretary, thousands of our nation’s heroes still find themselves waiting months on end for a doctor’s appointment. Countless more still find themselves on the streets, lacking any form of housing. To these veterans, the wounds of service go beyond the physical scars incurred on the battlefield. Even in 2015, many of our veterans return home to face even more daunting challenges; unemployment, homelessness, and the struggles of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   

In Los Angeles, thousands of veteran patients in the VA Greater LA Healthcare System face egregious wait times for appointments. Recent findings in January by Los Angeles’ VA department shows new veteran patients wait an average of 48 days before receiving medical assistant. Furthermore, with PTSD becoming an ever growing concern, new mental health patients in Los Angeles are waiting over a month to get an appointment. Since January, the average wait time has decreased by 4 days.

The situation goes beyond health care. There are nearly 50,000 homeless veterans in the US. Los Angeles remains the city with the most homeless veterans where there are as many as 3,700 veterans on the street on any given night. And while the VA has pledge to end homeless among veterans by the end of 2015, the number has only decreased by 33% since 2010. As the days until December 31st countdown, one thing is certain: little has improved for our nation’s veterans.

For veterans, the burden of service should not remain once they return home. 3 Generations’ campaign to value our veterans aims to provide our servicemen venues to share their stories in communities where both the storyteller and listener can find relief. By conveying the stories of veterans who have found help and who continue to struggle alike, we look to examine ways to address the issues at hand and bring these solutions to the forefront. With your support, we can help ensure that our nation’s veterans receive the service they deserve for the service they have provided us.

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