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.
Mar 19, 2015

The Dakota Project: The Exploitation of Oil on the Reservation

This is a gas flare in an oil well site in North Dakota. 35.5% of the gas released on the Fort Berthold Reservation is flared, which releases 250 toxins and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Since the founding of 3 Generations, we have been dedicated to sharing the stories and bringing light to the tragedies that Native Americans have faced. As a part of our environmental action campaign we will be filming a feature length documentary, The Dakota Project that’s purpose will raise awareness for a small group of tribal members trying to save their land for the future of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara people of North Dakota.

The oil boom that has struck the land of the Three Affiliated Tribes presents a tremendous economic opportunity for Tribal members; however, the landscape has become littered with oil wells, fracking towers, toxic waste dumps, and a network of underground pipes. Will the oil boom save the tribe or will it destroy their future?

After months of preparation by meeting with tribal members and learning some of their stories, this February we traveled to the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota to begin the pre-production stages for The Dakota Project. News crews often come and go, then warp and sensationalize the story of the oil industry on the reservation; however, our focus is on the story of the people who are quietly trying to make a significant change in a challenging environment. 

Our latest trip to North Dakota helped us to listen, learn, talk, and build trust with the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara people. We met with Edmund Baker the Environmental Director for the Three Affiliated Tribes, Mark Fox, the Chairman for the Three Affiliated Tribes, and spiritual leaders, who are all working to protect the future of the tribe. 

Our next step will be to return to the Fort Berthold Reservation during May 2015 to continue work on filming the stories of those leaders.

Please help us provide a platform for their voices and the millions of other Native Americans who are struggling to bring awareness to climate change.

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Jan 14, 2015

Can You Imagine A World Without Atrocity?

As we write this update, the world is shaking with rage and grief over the murders of innocent people in France #JeSuisCharlie. And yet, at a time like this it is more important than ever to imagine a better world, for if each of us cannot do so then how can we create that world? The lessons of the last few days in France reflect our thinking here at 3 Generations, especially as the world is coming together to show solidarity in a time of crisis.

At 3 Generations our End of Atrocity project is one of our absolute favorites perhaps the most important work we do. We like to think of this as our end game: by asking thought leaders and those who inspire us to share their visions of a world without crimes against humanity we are helping create the change we all wish to see.

In 2015 we will approach this work with new angles and insight. First off we have interviewed two brilliant scientists to hear their visions of a world without atrocity. Bill Joy is one of the great father’s of the internet (you can read about him in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers) and Peter de Menocal is one the world’s foremost earth and climate scientists, based at Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Laboratory. We are in the final stages of editing their words and they are quite distinct and surprising. After that we move to Israel and Palestine to discover what leaders there are envisioning. 2015 is set to become one of the great years to unravel what the End of Atrocity will look like. Stay tuned!

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Jan 14, 2015

"I Feel Better, Less Heavy."

Anne Marie
Anne Marie

3 Generations is heralding 2015 with a renewed focus on our mission to amplify and honor the voices of survivors worldwide. Within our first ever annual report resonate the words of Rwandan genocide survivor, Ann-Marie: "I am happy to tell my story because when I do I calm down, I feel better, less heavy." In both the United States and abroad, 3 Generations is working to bring the words of survivors like Ann-Marie’s to the forefront. As we write, our Development and Outreach Coordinator, Hannah Eddy, is in Rwanda providing direct reports on the state of survivors in the still recovering nation. Every report Hannah gives serves as a reminder that we must work to lighten the burden of atrocity victims worldwide today.    

Ann-Marie's story is one of turbulence and terror. Yet, it is one shared by survivors worldwide including those in Cambodia, Tibet, and Rwanda. While many such stories go unheard, 3 Generations works to bring the words of victims to empathetic ears around the world. As Hannah continues her travels around Rwanda, we remain constantly aware that many survivors of Genocide share an all too often unheard darker history.        

In bringing their stories to light, 3 Generations helps alleviate of the silent burden carried by genocide victims and ensure they are not alone in their struggle. 2015 brings many opportunities for 3 Generations but we could not have made this progress without your help. Look forward to more of Hannah’s reports from Rwanda as well as the many stories we will feature on our website. With your support we can help lighten the burden that plagues so many genocide survivors today. With your support we can make them "less heavy."

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