Apple TV+ has released a new teaser for Sidney, an upcoming documentary about Sidney Poitier, the first Black actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. The documentary will focus on Poitiers' rise to prominence in the United States, as well as how he used his powerful position to fight for civil rights and social equality.
The new trailer begins with an interview with Poitier, who died of complications related to his childhood. He didn't know what electricity was or could not envision a pipe system capable of bringing water directly into a home until he moved to the United States. Despite being raised in poverty, Poitier absorbed a sense of community that would last until he was treated differently by people.
Poitier forged an enviable career in Hollywood, never putting Black people in a subservient position. On the contrary, he became well-known for playing strong Black characters in theaters and working on successful films dealing with race issues, such as To Sir, with Love, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the Night. All of this while racial segregation was still legal in the United States.
Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee, and Oprah Winfrey will discuss Poitier's impact on Black culture in the United States and the entire world. The documentary was produced in close collaboration with the Poitier family to ensure it would follow the star's true history.
Sidney, directed by Academy Award winner Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained), is produced by Oprah Winfrey on behalf of Harpo Productions and Derik Murray on behalf of Network Entertainment. The documentary is directed by Jesse James Miller.
Friday, September 23, Siridney will be released in selected theaters and internationally on Apple TV+. Check out the new trailer below: