Through The Eyes of Ted L Mangum Documentary - Full - Rough Cut (Black History)

Through the Eyes of Ted L Mangum Documentary

Director: Dennis “Tristan Greye” Chisholm

Editor: Dennis “Tristan Greye” Chisholm

Producer: Ted L. Mangum

What you are about to see, is the lifelong story of Ted L. Mangum. It is NOT intended to be 100% accurate; but HISTORY never is. Nor is it intended to be a mere reflection of just my life. But rather my story reflects the lives, times, experiences, trials, tribulations and LIFELONG JOURNIES of many black people who were born and grew up during the ERA of “JIM CROW” and had to face life much differently than “THE AVERAGE AMERICAN”. Through MY EYES, EARS, and OPERSERVATIONS, it REFLECTS “MY OPINIONS” of the world in which I was born and raised and the values carried over from ERA to ERA in this JOURNEY CALLED “LIFE”.

This documentary also reflects my belief that “HISTORY” is not the product of the pages of A BOOK; nor the words of any HISTORIAN; BUT rather the actions, deeds, words and reality of those who LIVE and MAKE IT everyday. And that EDUCATION IS NOT A “DEGREE”, or A PIECE OF PAPER; nor is it confined or defined by a 7 to 8 hour school day; 4 walls of a classroom; 12, 14, 16, 18 or 24 years of schooling. But rather EDUCATION is THE LIFELONG PROCESS or JOURNEY OF “LEARNING” to be used for the BETTERMENT OF ALL MANKIND.

Much of what you are about to see is captured in photos, stock newsreels, and original video footage captured by children and teens of our RELAY and AmericasCHILD RELAY youth development program; for that has consumed most of my adult life since returning from the war zone of Vietnam fighting a “war that I never understood”; to fight for children, youth, of OUR community; OUR country in what I call, “THE WAR WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE”.

This “unlosable” war began for me on the battlefields of Vietnam resulting in my battle with lifelong PTSD and in earnest, back in 1986, after a venture in the world of corporate America and cost me, literally EVERYTHING! My marriage, my home, stretches of homelessness, my life of being a normal father to my own children

Thus, it is hoped that by revealing the most HUMAN side; the trials, tribulations, struggles, tears, suffering, victories, successes of MY JOURNEY; it may serve to INSPIRE others to “pick up” where I left off and MOVE OUR STRUGGLE to become a better people; a better COUNTRY, forward. Thus, I have solicited the assistance of Dennis Chisholm( aka Tristan Greye ), a young very talented and recognized Producer, Director, Videographer, Cinematographer and actor in producing this SHORT FILM and a more extensive longer, more detailed documentary, about my life. With that, let us begin the JOURNEY of “MY STORY, THROUGH THE EYES, EARS, EXPERIENCES and ERAs OF TED L. MANGUM”.

Director: Dennis “Tristan Greye” Chisholm

Editor: Dennis “Tristan Greye” Chisholm

Producer: Ted L. Mangum

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