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.
Oct 6, 2016

Premiere of A Different American Dream in NYC

Map of camps
Map of camps

Land Protectors, not Protesters.

 

Native nations from across the U.S. and The Americas are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, This is the largest gathering of Native Nations in over 130 years.

 

These land “protectors”  are trying to prevent the construction of the pipeline under the Missouri River, a river they have been granted full rights over by treaties in the past, and this right is being violated. The building of the pipeline threatens drinking water, and has already soiled their tribal lands. Ancestral burial grounds have already been destroyed.

 

Our executive director, Jane Wells, went to gather stories and bear witness to the incredible organization and dedication of the people at the protest camps. 8,000 people were present at #SacredStoneCamp and #RedWarriorCamp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. This was not our first visit, in 2014 we  met and filmed Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archembault II, to hear his perspective on the Treaty Rights of his people to safe drinking water. We made a short video to explain his position.

 

Of the many stories we recorded in September, we want to share with you the intriguing work of Leta Killer-Bailly, who spent 2 1/2 days traversing the camp and talking to residents and then hand-drew this map. She asked each group what they wished to call their section and noted their wishes. Now if someone is sick, ambulances can quickly find that person and get them the help they need. Her effort is an example of the practical logistics that can literally save lives. This is just one of the myriad details that are required to keep an historical event like this safe and functional. Kudos to Leta. She created a beautiful thing within a beautiful and peaceful event. Not a protest, but a protect.

 

Our feature documentary, A Different American Dream will premiere on Oct. 15, 2016 at the Margaret Mead at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City,  This film focuses on the neighboring Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and members of the MHA Nation who are trying to save their land from exploitation by big oil companies. It will screen at other Festivals across the world. Check our website Facebook pages for news and updates.  At 3 Generations we are dedicated to gathering and sharing the stories of Native Americans.

Festival Premiere banner
Festival Premiere banner
Leta Killer-Bailly
Leta Killer-Bailly

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Sep 21, 2016

Thank you for funding our project!

We are thrilled to announce that our "Why We Speak: Help Spread Syrian Stories" project has been fully funded, and we could not have done it without your support.

Our work documenting human rights abuses suffered by Syrian refugees began nearly three years ago with the production of our short film Three along with a series of short videos on our site.

We deepened our look into the lives of Syrian refugees with the production of Beyond the Borders (working title). Beyond the Borders provides exclusive access to important stories in a region that is on the fringes of hell. Shot over 18 months on the borders of Syria, this film tells the story behind the news reports and is a reflection of the strange, chaotic lives of the people living in the shadow of the Syrian war. The film is an intimate look at how four Syrians whose collective struggles constitute the new frontline of the refugee crisis as they try to find ways to overcome the torment of their shattered lives.

Now that funding is complete the film is entering the final stages of post production, after which we will be able to set goals for a release date. We hope that all of you will keep an eye out for the film and any extant videos we create from the footage that did not make it into the feature film.

Thank you so much for believing in 3 Generations and funding our work and vision.

Best,

Jane Wells, the Scott Sisters, and the rest of 3 Generations

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Aug 5, 2016

New Veteran Film Series

We are hard at work expanding our commitment to tell the stories of veterans with the creation of a brand new Veteran Film series. This new project will feature a series of optimistic short films featuring U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. These films will show how veterans have overcome the challenge of adjusting to life back in the United States and focus on solutions, specifically showing how veterans have applied their military experience to affect positive change here at home.

The United States has been at war for the past 15 years. This new war has led to women engaging in combat roles, the unprecedented pace of repeat deployments and the use of drones in warfare. 2.7 million veterans have returned to domestic soil to restart their lives since 2001, and we will show how innovative thinking and technology have played a role in improving veteran life in the United States.

Our goal in this film series is to highlight diversity among veterans including forms specific to the military such as duty status, type of service, service region and military branch.

We thank our donors for their continued support in helping us share the stories of our nation's veterans.

 
   

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