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A stunning performance documentary with internationally acclaimed artists tells the Hyers’ story in word and song with a hip-hop narrator who interprets its meaning for our day.

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Synopsis – 

  Please note:  Phone ordering is disabled. See ordering options below.                                                           An award-winning documentary for opera, music, and history lovers.  In the perilous 1870’s and 80’s, when night riders and lynching terrorized black people and blackface minstrels ridiculed them across the land, The Hyers Sisters (popular, black, touring-opera prodigies) stood up to become Voices for Freedom.  They fought the minstrels’ ridicule with charming works that revealed the depth and dignity of African Americans.  These became the first American musicals and the first works  to use integrated casting in American Music theater.



Internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Tichina Vaughn, hip-hop poet WolfHawkJaguar, filmmaker/performer Susheel Bibbs, baritones Omari Tau and Robert Sims, tenor-pianist Othello Jefferson, pianist Jacqui Hairston, master drummer Pope Flyne, sopranos Hope Briggs and Shawnette Sulker, and other artists with  commentators:  Susan Anderson, Rick Moss, Thomas Riis, Halifu Osumare, Robert Sims, and others.

International Opera Star Denyce Graves-Montgomery

Hip-Hop Narrator

Susheel Bibbs

About Susheel:  Independent filmmaker/singer/actress Susheel Bibbs has served the arts and the humanities for over 26 years. An acclaimed classical singer, national Emmy winner, and once the youngest Executive Producer in the PBS system for a major international series, Bibbs has, since 2007, secured 13 international, independent-film awards (including three for excellence in directing) and two international Telly Awards. Both of her award-winning documentaries – Meet Mary Pleasant (screened at Cannes) and Voices for Freedom — are now on PBS nationally, on DVD, and touring nationwide.
See also Detail at http://californiafilm.net/profile/SusheelBibbs and www.susheelbibbs.com

Current News and Events

  • VOICES FOR FREEDOM has now won a Telly and 5 Int’l Film-Fest Awards.  
  • Order the DVD above or by mail:  DKC, c/o 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838  ($15 per DVD plus $2/dvd. Only $5 postage per order of 5 DVDs)
  • Order the Hyers booklet:  https://www.amazon.com/Voices-Freedom-Sisters-ChangeLegacy/dp/1535017449/ref=sr_1_cc_6?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1529960242&sr=1-6-catcorr&keywords=susheel+bibbs
  • Next PBS Uplink via NETA, Aug 3.
  • Recent podcast Interview:  http://tobtr.com/s/10850317
  • Bibbs site on Mary Ellen Pleasant (book and touring programs)  www.mepleasant.com
  • Donate below to have this work expanded or available on commercial media sites
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To help expand this film to 1 hour, make your tax-deductible donation
payable to 
The Living Heritage Foundation
with a note on the check that says, 
“Hyers Film”
Attn: Bibbs-LHF, 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838

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