Apple TV+ has unveiled the first look video of the upcoming documentary on the life and struggle of the legendary actor “Sidney Poitier” scheduled to debut in theaters and on Apple TV+ on September 23, 2022.
Directed by Reginald Hudlin and produced by Oprah Winfrey, the inspirational documentary celebrates the life of Poitier and honors his fight against racism in Hollywood and activism in the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968 in the United States.
The powerful trailer for “Sidney Poitier” documentary showcases the remarkable life the actor led
Born in Florida to Bahamian parents in 1927, Poitier moved to the United States at the age of 15 aspiring to be an actor. In 1964, he became the first African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor which broke the glass ceiling in Hollywood because at a time, racism was the norm and colored actors were cast in stereotypical and often derogatory roles.
He continued to fight for civil rights in Hollywood and the country. In 2009, former President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., and in 2016, he was honored with the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding lifetime achievement in film. Sidney Poitier passed on January 6, 2022, at the age of 95.
The powerful first-look trailer of the documentary includes interviews from Poitier, Oprah Winfrey, and others giving a glimpse of how Poitier became one of the “cultural threads” that binded the American society which was engulfed by hate and divisive elements.
This revealing documentary honors the legendary Sidney Poitier and his legacy as an iconic actor, filmmaker and activist at the center of Hollywood and the Civil Rights Movement. Featuring candid interviews with Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee and many more, the film is also produced by Derik Murray, in close collaboration with the Poitier family.