3 Generations

3 Generations is a non-profit organization that documents stories of human rights abuses through film. We enable survivors of crimes against humanity to record their experiences as an act of healing, a call to action and to create historical evidence. We amplify and honor each witness's voice by creating broad audiences: film festivals, educational outreach, theatrical and community screenings, social media, partnerships, web-channels and more. Our goal is to influence the national dialogue and build momentum for social change.
Jan 12, 2015

The New Norm

Yasmine from "Three"
Yasmine from "Three"

As 3 Generations starts 2015 moving forward, we are reminded of the progress we've made in the years past. In November of 2014, 3 Generations held a screening of Three, our short documentary featuring the stories of those directly affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria. While watching, our audience became acquainted with Yasmine, a young mother struggling to support her children following the death of her husband. They then met Nasr, a former student and aspiring actor turned fighter for the Free Syrian Army. Finally, the audience heard the words of Sultan, a defector of the Assad military, who became crippled following a firefight with a military official of the regime.

Along with personal stories from a representative of the Syrian Youth for Peace, our viewers took a personal look into the struggles of those affected by the conflict in Syria. Through these harrowing accounts and stories, one thing became clear: for Yasmine, Nasr, Sultan and thousands of other Syrians, chaos had become the new normal.

"No one knew anything. Same as any other day, we thought it was the usual attack," recalls Yasmine prior to learning the fate of her husband.

3 Generations works for a world where explosions and gunshots in the distant are not synonymous with normal background noise. With the new year still fresh, we’re kicking off 2015 with a renewed focus on our mission to amplify the words of survivors around the globe. This January, our Executive Director, Jane Wells will be in Florida to present the Mallone Prize, a prize to honor and award the efforts of individuals fighting against sex slavery in the US. In Kigali, Rwanda, our Development and Outreach Coordinator, Hannah Eddy, will be learning more about the Rwandan genocide and updating our audience with reports of her travels.

In 2015, please look forward to our continued progress. With your continued support, together we can help realize a world where only peace is the norm.

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Jan 12, 2015

When the Oil Wells Run Dry

One of Many Oil Wells in North Dakota
One of Many Oil Wells in North Dakota

“Our ancestors fought and died. Through disease, destruction, warfare. Everything that the United States government could throw at them. They’ve survived. For what today? Over money, greed. We’re giving it away. We’re giving our environment away, our wild away, everything,” - Mark Fox, MHA Nation Chairman

In anticipation for our next feature length project, The Second Gift, 3 Generation's Executive Director Jane Wells and film director Simon Brook, have spent time in North Dakota to personally speak with the Native American tribes affected by the Oil Boom in the Midwest.

In the wake of the fracking boom, native tribes, long inhabitants of the lands, have dealt with issues ranging from the sexual exploitation at the hands of the incoming oil workers to issues of environmental degradation. However, one concern came to the forefront during Jane and Simon's travels. What happens when the oil runs out? 

For the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes of North Dakota, the oil boom has become another event in a long history of oppression. The issues arising from the oil boom act as only the most recent events in a history dotted with forced adoption of ideologies or destroyed economies resulting from unsustainable hunting practices.

In 2015, 3 Generations looks to ask what happens when the oil wells runs dry. As we continue our mission, sharing stories and bringing to light the tragedies happening under our noses, we look forward to your continued support. Together we can build momentum for social change and ensure that the end the of the oil boom is not the end of the Native population in the US.

Jan 12, 2015

PTSD And Beyond

The sound of a siren in the distance or the echo of a plane flying overhead is, to many of us, nothing more than a common occurrence, undeserving of second thought. For some veterans however, these sounds become triggers, instantly teleporting them to scenes of battle grounds and feelings of relentless stress.

This past Veteran's Day 3 Generations focused on PTSD among veterans. Once a taboo subject, our interview with Dr. Sonja Batten, Deputy Chief Consultant for Speciality Mental Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, enlightened us all on the complexities of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She covered a lot of ground in a short time.

"With veterans we may first think of PTSD being the result of a combat event, veterans, just like any other individual can also, develop PTSD as a result of sexual trauma, a car accident, a training accident. And it's really the case that whether we're talking about veterans or civilians, that by in large, trauma is trauma."  - Dr. Sonja Batten

This focus on PTSD brings our work with Veterans full circle back to a really vital part of our mission at 3 Generations. We have found that the process of sharing their stories helps victims of atrocities alleviate the emotional and psychological burdens they carry. This is one important reason why we do the work we do.

In 2015 we are planning to go deeply into investigating the ways combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are reintegrating now that both wars are over. How they live with the hyper vigilance they have learned in combat and how they can best put that to use in civilian life.

We have some amazing stories to share: that of Vance a kid who did four tours of duty in Iraq rather than go to college. He had a different kind of education. Now what? We will share his wisdom as we continue to Value our Veterans.

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