Red Hope? The Blacklisting of Hope Foye (Her Story, Her Songs) explores the life of African American classical opera singer Hope Foye—her struggles for justice, for survival, and for her music.
Red Hope immerses the viewer into the Senate chambers with Hope Foye and the McCarran Sub- committee of HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) during her interrogation in 1952. The documentary also captures the richness of Hope's memories and of her today while showing images of the glamorous young singer, the times, 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.