Why We Speak: Help Spread Syrian Stories

by 3 Generations
Marwan Ziadeh
Marwan Ziadeh

Since our last update, the refugee crisis has sadly only worsened. UNHCR recently published a report showing us that there are currently 65.3 million people who have been forcibly displaced, making it the highest number of displaced people in recorded history. Global Giving has been a tremendous partner, and has steadfastly recognized that the need for addressing the Syrian refugee crisis is greater now than ever before. With that said, we are very excited to announce thatwe will be participating in Global Giving’s Syrian Refugee Relief Matching Campaign starting on July 12th. Global Giving will match any donations made to this project by 50% on beginning on Tuesday the 12th.

As a result of the donations from our Global Giving donors, the Scott Sisters are finishing the edit of our film Beyond the Borders in Lebanon. Working locally has the double benefit of enabling the production to hire Syrian refugees to work on the film. Famed Lebanese editor Marwan Ziadeh has also joined the production. We are very happy that the support this project has received has enabled them to employ refugees currently living in Lebanon.

Scott Sisters edit Beyond the Borders in Lebanon
Scott Sisters edit Beyond the Borders in Lebanon

We are thrilled to be hard at work alongside Georgia and Sophia Scott in the final stage of editing on our film Beyond The Borders. Our recent time spent in Greece has further energized us to share this story and give a face to the tragedy of Syria's civil war and the current humanitarian crisis. The statistics and facts of this tragedy are well known, but we cannot forget the very real human aspect of what is occurring as well. We are proud to be able to bring this story to a global audience.

Our ability to create these films is only possible thanks to all of our generous donors like you. It is with your support that we can bring these stories to light and continue our fight to help those affected by this tragedy. We invite you to visit our website, www.3generations.org, for updates on this film and all of our current projects.

3 Generations has been hard at work to keep our finger on the pulse of the Syrian crisis. One of the directors of our upcoming feature film, Sophie Scott, is still in Lebanon recording the soundtrack to our film Beyond the Borders. She is in daily contact with refugees struggling to survive this horrible crisis. 

It is a crisis that has no apparent ending. Over the time spent on this film, there have been tragic but not atypical developments. During the time we have covered Syrian refugee issues since January of 2014, most refugees have seen things have go from bad to worse. 

On a positive note, one of the subjects of our previous series of short films, Three, has had several pieces of good news. Sultan, one of three refuges whose stories were told throughout the films, was able to leave Syria and is now happily married to the translator from the films, and they are expecting a child. He is currently living in Brussels awaiting asylum in Belgium. We are thrilled for them and are energized by this news.

Our ability to produce these films is all thanks to our donors and supporters. Without you, we would be unable to do all that we strive to do. We thank you for all you support as we continue to fight to bring the stories of the Syrian refugee crisis to light. 

Our continued efforts to document the atrocities suffered by Syrian refugees are culminating in our upcoming feature documentary Beyond the Borders. We are busy editing the film for release in early 2016. Our team, Sophia and Georgia Scott, returned from Akkar refugee camp in Syria 10 days ago with compelling and disturbing footage of raids, injustices, fear and hope. Lebanese authorities are becoming increasingly hostile towards refugees as fear of ISIS cells establishing in camps grows. One of the Syrian subjects of the film gave birth to a healthy baby boy in her refugee camp in Lebanon. The cries of her newborn baby tug at our hearts while we witness scenes of utter desolation and the rubble that is her parents’ former home in Syria. We are thrilled to be close to bringing these stories to light.

This past May, Afghan-born American novelist Khaled Hosseini traveled to Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp with UNHCR to bear witness to the realities of the Syrian conflict. Writing in his reflection for New Statesman he began,

“Some things are simply too big to be taken in all at once. Raise your eyes one night to the sky, to the blackness sprayed with millions of stars, and try seeing all of it, the whole sky. It can’t be done. It overwhelms. The best you can do is to fix on a star or two and imagine the sheer vastness of the heavens through them. Sometimes, what you can’t grasp as a whole, you can picture through its parts. The same could be said about human suffering.”

With a stroke of his pen, Hosseini put into eloquent words the challenges human rights advocates and humanitarian organizations face when attempting to engage the public on mass atrocities.

This summer marks the fourth year of the Syria’s civil war. Estimates suggest 7.6 million Syrians are internally displaced and close to 4 million are living as refugees. These numbers are critical indicators of the magnitude of this humanitarian disaster. They are cold hard facts– easy to memorize and appealing to the human mind, which seeks to apply order and understanding to a tragedy, the reality of which is too catastrophic for us to truly comprehend. In quantifying human tragedy, however, we lose sight of the problem at the most basic and universal human level.

In early 2014, 3 Generations set out for Jordan to film the stories of Syrian refugees living in and around Amman. Our mission was to give a human face to the tragedy of Syria’s civil war. Our efforts resulted in three beautiful stories which are available for viewing on our website. In 2015, we are continuing our efforts to share the individual stories of Syrians and those tirelessly working to bring peace to the region. 3 Generations has partnered with GroundTruth Productions to produce a new film titled, Beyond the Borders. Set along the borders of Syria and Lebanon, Beyond the Borders will follow the efforts of German Professor, Friedrich Bokern as he builds a new model for peace. The film, shot by Georgia and Sophia Scott, will follow Bokern as he fights against the spread of terrorism, for human rights and education for all. Entwined in Bokern’s story are the intimate journeys of four Syrian refugees battling to overcome the torment of their shattered lives.

As a small nonprofit, our ability to create great films depends on the generosity of our donors and fans. With your support we can ensure these stories are heard. Join 3 Generations today and help us bring attention to the plight of Syria’s refugees. 


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3 Generations

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.3generations.org
Project Leader:
Jane Wells
3 Generations Founder and President
New York, NY United States
Syrian Refugee Relief Matching Campaign 2016
Thanks to donors like you, this project has raised $3,910 in matching funds so far.
Time left to give:
$37,479 raised of $45,000 goal
102 donations
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