Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
A special screening of Red Hope? The Blacklisting of Hope Foye (Her Story, Her Songs) will be held Saturday, April 23, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Pacific Unitarian Church.
Red Hope? The Blacklisting of Hope Foye (Her Story, Her Songs) is a documentary about the life of progressive soprano singer Hope Foye, whose beautiful voice in 1940s took her from an impoverished Connecticut neighborhood to the famed New York’s Cafe Society nightclub. As a young singer of songs about social justice, she caught the attention of Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Du Bois and his wife Shirley Graham. An outspoken supporter of human rights through her songs and after returning from Russia for participating in the World Youth Festival, Ms. Foye was interrogated by the U.S. Senate’s McCarren Committee. Her passport was taken away and she was blacklisted. With the help of Graham, Du Bois, and Albert Maltz, a member of the Hollywood 10, Hope moved to Mexico to realize her singing career as a concert soprano. Hope’s career blossomed in Mexico, where she became the first African American TV host. After living ten years in Mexico, her singing career led her to Europe, where she became a well-regarded concert opera soprano. She lived abroad for almost 25 years before returning to America to enjoy the balance of her life with friends and family.
The film immerses the viewer into the Senate chambers with Hope Foye during her interrogation and the film also captures the richness of Hope’s memories of “the times” while showing us images of the glamorous young singer, performance stills, and family photos, all of it bringing Foye and her early career to vivid life. Framing and defining many of her performances and interviews of today are her songs—pieces filled with the horror, tragedy, and melancholia of a racist past as well as the faith and hope for a better future. Every note of pain, every crescendo of triumph, rings out clearly in the compelling voice of Hope Foye. Considered by many to be a national treasure, Hope Foye will be at the screening along with director Constance Jackson for a Q & A with the audience.
Hope Foye recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pan African Film Festival and the film was among ten finalists nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival.
Admission: $12 per person; $10 for persons over 65. Light refreshments will be served. Plenty of free parking in lot and on street. For directions and more information, check out website, call (310) 378-9449 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pacific Unitarian Church, A Unitarian Universalist Community
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