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.
“I formed 3 Generations for the people of Darfur, for my father and those of his generation, those who were lost in the Holocaust and those who survived and were able to tell their stories.”
Jane Wells, Founder and Director, 3 Generations
The complex story of the film and why it was stifled was not fully told until 2014, when it became the subject of the the award-winning documentary, Night Will Fall, directed by Andre Singer. Night Will Fall premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year and will have its US premiere on HBO in January 2015.
In 2004, as I became aware that a genocide was unfolding in Darfur, I determined to go there myself to see and understand what was really happening. I was lucky enough to get a visa for Sudan and to visit Darfur and later Chad under the auspices of the International Medical Corps. Able to spend weeks at the frontlines, I heard first hand from survivors about what has been called “the first genocide of the 21st century”. I wrote several articles about my witness and became an advocate.
Back in the USA, I met Brian Steidle, a former marine and photojournalist who was chronicling the genocide in Darfur. As Brian’s story unfolded, I realized there were clear parallels between Brian’s experiences and those of my father. After coming home to America with proof of genocide in Darfur, the State Department asked Brian to stop showing his pictures. Unlike my father, he was not under military command and decided he would not bury the truth. Brian and his sister, Gretchen Wallace, intended to make a feature documentary about Brian’s irrefutable witness of the genocide in Darfur. Hearing this and remembering my father’s regret, I agreed to help Brian tell the world about Darfur. As I started work producing the award-winning film The Devil Came on Horseback, I realized that I would be correcting an ancestral wrong and carrying forward a family legacy. And so 3 Generations was born.
3 Generations is a safe harbor for survivors to tell their stories — brutal, tragic, atrocious, even uplifting, in their own words — words that will be honored and preserved for generations to come. 3 Generations is dedicated to creating social justice documentaries as a means to educate, engage, empower and entertain while fostering leadership, citizenship and inspiration in adults and youth to make a difference in our society. Our documentaries examine worldwide and domestic atrocities, war crimes, genocide, trafficking, violence, homelessness, discrimination, and veterans’ inequities. Our films have been distributed to libraries, schools, community organizations, television and theaters.
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