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There are now 3 Bibbs films in her VOICES FOR FREEDOM series on the Hyers –THE HYERS SISTERS’ LEGACY: PBS (27min) & Touring: 30min (also on DVD), and THE HYERS SISTERS’ DREAM & LEGACY 35min (stereo/HD). Each is its own stunning, performance documentary that tells the Hyers’ inspiring story in word & song with internationally acclaimed artists & a hip-hop poet to interpret its meaning for our day.

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Synopsis – 

 CLICK PHOTO TO SEE THE TRAILER or BUY WITH THE PURCHASE BUTTON BELOW:  DVD’s of the 30 min film are now available through this site via Amazon.com.  Each of the 3 documentaries is its own film:  This one is 30 min; PBS is 27 min, and an award-winning, new one is 35 min. All feature a wonderful story,  beautiful opera, musicals, & spiritual selections, US & African-American history.

     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.


Performers include

Internationally acclaimed sopranos Hope Briggs and Shawnette Sulker, mezzo sopranos Denyce Graves and 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, and other artists with  expert commentators:  Susan Anderson, Rick Moss, Thomas Riis, Halifu Osumare, Robert Sims, and others.

Hosted by
international/MET Opera star Denyce Graves-Montgomery

Hip-Hop poet

Susheel Bibbs

About Susheel:  Independent filmmaker Susheel Bibbs has served the arts and the humanities for over 30 years. An acclaimed classical singer and actress, national Emmy winner, and once the youngest Executive Producer in the PBS system for a major international series, Bibbs has, since 2007, secured 14 international, independent-film awards (including three for excellence in directing) and two international Telly Awards –She has won 25 media/film awards in all.  Two of her award-winning documentaries – Meet Mary Pleasant in HD (screened at Cannes) and Voices for Freedom (26 min version) — are now on PBS nationally; the 30 min. Hyers film is on DVD and continues to screen nationwide. The new film –The Hyers Sisters Dream and Legacy won the 2019 American Filmatic Arts Award in its category.
See more on Bibbs’ films at http://californiafilm.net/profile/SusheelBibbs and her performances at www.susheelbibbs.com

Current News and Events

  • NEWS!!  Voices for Freedom (30 min) will screen in St. Louis’  MO History Museum on 3/20 at 6:30 pm FREE! // The 27 min film will run there on PBS Ch 9 on 3/22 @9:30pm & 3/29 11am// The new Hyers Dream & Legacy (35 min) will have its Oscar-qualifying screening in West LA on April 17-23 at the Laemmle Royal.  See film listings starting Tuesday April 14 for the time.  
  • The short 26 min VOICES continues on PBS, more than 216 airings on 128 channels in 56 TV markets in 20 states (37% national coverage.  Watch for broadcasts in St. Louis, and please ask your local station to air it.
  •  You may mail-order a DVD (30 min.)Checks payable to DKC  sent c/o 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838  $15 per DVD plus $4/single dvd for S/H. (Add only $8 for a 5-DVD order)
  • Order Bibbs’ new companion booklet on the Hyers: 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
  • Help us below! Donate below toward the Oscar & theater packages and submissions.
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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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