Sidney Trailer: Documentary about Sidney Poitier is coming to Apple TV+

Reginald Hudlin is directing the AppleTV+ portrait of actor and activist Poitier, who died in January aged 94.

Sidney Poitier’s groundbreaking legacy is now back on the big screen.

The documentary “Sidney,” directed by Academy Award nominee Reginald Hudlin (“Marshall”), focuses on Poitier’s career as an actor, filmmaker and activist during the civil rights movement. Interviews with Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz and Barbra Streisand frame the film, which is being produced by Oprah Winfrey and Derik Murray in close collaboration with the Poitier family.

Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and Network Entertainment are producing the Apple Original film, which is set to debut September 23 on AppleTV+ and in select theaters. Jesse James Miller wrote the documentary and executive produced Terry Wood, Catherine Cyr, Brian Gersh, Paul Gertz, Reginald Hudlin, Joanna Shimkus Poitier, Anika Poitier and Barry Krost.

Poitier says in the trailer: “I left the Bahamas with this confidence. And from the moment I got off the boat, America started saying to me, ‘You’re not who you think you are.’ There was a habit in Hollywood of taking advantage of black people in the most disrespectful way. I said, ‘I can’t play that.’”

Oprah also muses in the trailer, “When you grow up in a community where everything you know is powerful and good, and it’s black, there is no concept of race. That defines Sidney Poitier.”

A legendary Hollywood titan, Poitier began as part of Harlem’s American Negro Theater in the 1940s. Poitier made history as one of the first black actors to appear alongside white actors in leading films. Poitier became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field in 1963 and later starred in In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

The late actor passed away in January 2022 at the age of 94, and tributes poured in from across Hollywood.

Morgan Freeman wrote“Sidney was my inspiration, my guiding star, my friend.”

Former President Barack Obama tweeted, “Through his groundbreaking roles and unique talent, Sidney Poitier embodied dignity and grace and revealed the power of film to bring us closer together. He also opened doors for a generation of actors. Michelle and I send our love to his family and legion of fans.”

Now the power of Poitier’s legendary life and legacy is captured in the upcoming documentary.

“Sidney” premieres September 23 in select theaters and worldwide on Apple TV+.

Check out the trailer below.

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Lindsay Lowe

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