(ANSA) – NEW YORK, 21 SEPTEMBER – The portrait of a man and an activist. AppleTV + pays homage to Sidney Poitier with a documentary that simply bears his name as the title, ‘Sidney’. The documentary will premiere on September 23 and was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Derik Murray in close collaboration with the Poitier family. Directed by Reginald Hudlin (Freedom March, 2017).
The project focuses on the career of the actor who died last January at the age of 95 as well as on his work as a director and activist during the years of the civil rights movement.
‘Poitier’ features interviews with Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz and Barbra Streisand.
“I left the Bahamas (his place of origin, ed) with a sense of myself – says Poitier in the trailer – and the moment I got off the boat, America started telling me, ‘You are not who you think you are’. . There was a habit in Hollywood of using black people in the most disrespectful ways. I said, ‘I can’t play that part.’ “
Poitier was the first African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The American Film Institute ranked him 22nd among the biggest stars in the history of cinema. (HANDLE).
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