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Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light Poster
Released Runtime Category
2000 60 Documentary
Director Language
Lee Grant English
Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light

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Charting Hollywood actor Poitier's life and career from humble beginnings as a farmer's son in the Bahamas to history-making roles on the big screen, this PBS documentary recounts the obstacles Poitier encountered as a black immigrant and his early days in the film world, revealing the talent and charisma that eventually propelled him into super-stardom as the first African-American to win a Best Actor Oscar. 

Why we love it

A touching, highly personal tribute to the groundbreaking film actor, Lee Grant's "One Bright Light" depicts how Poitier broke down color barriers in films like "In the Heat of the Night" and "The Defiant Ones," and changed the way mainstream American audiences viewed race. Also focusing on Poitier's efforts as civil-rights activist and humanitarian, "Light" demonstrates that the actor's ability to convey essential goodness and strength onscreen comes from the fact that this is who and what the man really is. An inspiring tribute, suitable for older kids.

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