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THREE GENERATIONS INC

Hear their stories. Demand change.

aka 3 Generations   |   New York, NY   |  www.3generations.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Jane Wells

Co Principal Officer

Frances Lalas

Main address

1123 Broadway Suite 913

New York, NY 10010 USA

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EIN

20-8688513

NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Survivors of Genocide

There are survivors of genocide and crimes against humanity with the courage and the need to tell their stories. We work to make this possible, sharing their stories with compassion and respect. Unlike statistics, personal stories move the world to action. This project focuses on sharing the personal stories of survivors of genocide across the globe and across decades. Acting as both a call for justice and a call for healing for those populations. The act of sharing their stories empowers the individual, allowing them to educate subsequent generations and raise awareness throughout the world. We gather stories first hand from survivors of atrocities and we do so with sensitivity and care. We then produce their stories using high quality professional video and audio. We share these stories with the world via our website and network. Providing avenues for survivors to share their stories is a means to both honor those who have died and to foster the healing process for those alive.

Population(s) Served

Native American values, treaties, land and water are being threatened by big oil. In the Dakotas fracking and pipelines have decimated once pristine landscapes, causing toxic damage , destroying ancestral burial grounds and now threatening drinking water. This campaign aims to bring world-wide attention to this environmental and cultural crisis through a feature film: A Different American Dream, a series of videos and a robust engagement campaign focused on supporting local grassroots programs. Native American issues are too often invisible to wider society. Environmental and climate justice cannot happen without including Native voices. While communities of color, especially Native Americans, are disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation and climate change, they are not in positions of power to make decisions about their individual and community well-being. We produce top quality films & videos to raise public awareness and encourage outrage and action.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Peru has been decimated by Covid-19. This project will help the indigenous community of Chincero recover in several ways. Over 80% of their economy has come from traditional textile weaving, but markets have disappeared due to the pandemic. Tourism-dependent families are starving, elders and children are at risk. The Ayni project revives traditional agricultural methods to provide food, help bring technology to children for education and protect the elders and traditional teaching and wisdom. The indigenous community in Chinchero, Peru has been badly affected by Covid-19. Prevention measures and help from the government have been absent. There is a dire food shortage. 3 Generations has established the Ayni Relief Fund to jump-start a new way of life for families in Chinchero. This fund will help revive traditional agri-businesses, build new homes, buy food, medicine and warm clothes for elders and children.

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Amid the widespread defunding of community mental healthcare programs across the country, the Cook County Jail in Chicago has become a default treatment center for people living with mental illness. Our project exposes the challenges and injustices of treating mental health issues through the criminal justice system: A system that is punitive by design. We advocate for preventative solutions in community mental healthcare through our feature film, Any Given Day, and its outreach campaign. In Chicago, community mental health care has been actively defunded for decades. According to Mental Health America, in the United States, 1.2 million people living with mental illness sit in jail and prison each year. By telling the stories of the 3 people in this film we can draw attention to the personal impact of living at the intersection of mental illness, poverty, and substance use, and the stigma and isolation that perpetuates these cycles through communities.

Population(s) Served

This project will help us tell reproductive justice stories through an intergenerational lens. We have begun the work of interviewing people across generations about how reproductive justice has shaped their lives, what they hope to see for the future, and how abortion fits into a holistic reproductive justice framework. In addition to filming these stories, we are researching new ways to share information about abortion in the United States. The landscape of abortion access in the United States has become dark, fragmented, and violent in the wake of the Dobbs decision in June 2022. This comes at a time when abortion access is more important than ever: for the first time in 30 years, the decline in abortions in the United States has reversed. Telling stories is the first step towards change. The project will bring awareness to how crucial choice is when is comes to reproductive healthcare, and it will bring new stories to light that illustrate why reproductive justice matters.

Population(s) Served

Refugee rights have been at the core of 3 Generations' work since we covered the genocide in Darfur in the film The Devil Came On Horseback in 2007. Our feature Lost in Lebanon was part of our multi-part coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis. We have also covered stories of Rohingya Muslims and Yazidi women fleeing ISIS. Currently, we are working on a short film about camps, which includes coverage of the genocide in Ukraine. We will continue our fight for refugee justice. The global refugee crisis is growing. Today there are over 84 million people across the world who are displaced from their homes or their country of origin. Each one has an important story to tell. Geo-political and health crises like Covid-19 only make the challenges refugees and their hosts and advocates face even harder. Economic uncertainty breeds intolerance. Ignorance and lack of empathy worsens an already complex problem. We bring the stories of individual refugees to life and light.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

3 Generations works to raise awareness about sex trafficking and redefine it as a human rights abuse. The most common form of human trafficking is trafficking for sexual exploitation. This human rights abuse must get more awareness for being the world's fastest-growing crime. Worldwide, it's estimated that there are 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking. While many Americans are aware that this barbaric practice takes place outside the United States, few know-or ever discuss-the disturbing reality that sex slavery exists in every state & every city in America. estimated that between 15,000 and 50,000 women and girls are trafficked each year into the United States. We use professionally produced, thoughtful, short films, & videos to raise public awareness & encourage focused action. We partner with organizations doing effective direct service or advocacy work to develop content & draw attention to their work. Our strategy supports long-term change & national and international impact.

Population(s) Served
Sex workers

At any given time there are millions of men and women who have returned from serving in the military during wartime. Both here in the United States and across the globe they have all faced the trauma of war. Many carry both visible and invisible wounds. Those with PTSD face tremendous challenges -- unemployment, poverty and homelessness. Help 3 Generations tell the stories of both soldiers and veterans, help us raise awareness of the mental and emotional crises they face. Hear their stories. Soldiers at war and returning veterans face huge challenges. They must deal with invisible wounds as well as their physical ones. Once they return home they must reintegrate to civilian life and find jobs which can be difficult. Most Americans are unaware of the prolonged struggle of our returning troops -- the war of reintegration. 3 Generations' project focuses on PTSD and the trauma of war for soldiers and veterans as one of the leading hardships confronting them.

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Charting impact

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With the goal of ending atrocity one voice at a time, 3 Generations is dedicated to helping survivors tell their stories to the world through documentary film. By creating broad audiences through film festivals, educational outreach, and more we look to influence the national dialogue and build momentum for social change.

As a storytelling organization, 3 Generations endeavors to share the stories of individuals who have endured tremendous abuse and suffering. To do this, we work on location to interview those victimized by these atrocities and convey their voices to as wide an audience as possible. We curate and cross-reference the stories of survivors of different atrocities to illuminate the common experiences shared by victims across the world. Through a constant effort to record and convey, 3 Generations brings these stories to screenings and film festivals around the world thereby ensuring voices, that would otherwise be lost, are heard.

We employ a wide array of methodologies to bring a focus to those affected by atrocities worldwide. With the aid of creative minds and leading experts in human rights, 3 Generations uses factual evidence and anecdotal testimony to convey the sentiments of victims in areas of conflict. Through film festivals, community screenings, social media and online platforms we look to share the stories of survivors around the world and elicit a national dialogue regarding ending global atrocities.

Since its inception in 2007, 3 Generations has brought the voices of victims of human rights abuses to an audience of over 10 million people around the world. In 2013, we saw five world premieres for our films as well as premieres for our two feature films, Tricked and Native Silence. With growing support, our films have earned multiple accolades. This year, Native Silence has gained recognition as an official selection for the American Indian Film Festival and Red Nation Film Festival. With Tricked winning the Honolulu Film Awards’ Silver Lei Award and Native Silence winning the best shorts award at the Best Shorts Competition, 3 Generations continues its effort to bring the stories of survivors to audiences domestically and internationally.

While we have been able to spark a dialogue through our campaigns, we strive to further our impact with current projects such as the effort to end child sex slavery in the US and to capture the voices of survivors of Genocide in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Tibet.

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THREE GENERATIONS INC

Board of directors
as of 01/27/2023
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Board chair

Nadia Zilkha

Jane Wells

3 Generations

Florence Buchanan

Susan Holgate

Esther Pearlstone

Alexander Wells

Brad Rothschild

Zoe Lukov

Heidi Dymer

Ulrika Citron

Lili Hamlyn

Susan Holgate

Frances Lalas

3 Generations

Beth Taylor-Hart

3 Generations

Alexander Wells

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2023

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