Anika Poitier–daughter of acting legend, director and diplomat Sidney Poitier–is set to premiere her new short film, Black Irish, during the AFI (American Film Institute) Women’s Film Showcase at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles on May 8th.
The 40-year-old writer and director made her debut in 2004 with The Devil Cats, a mock-u-mentary which also starred her little sister, actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier. Anika directed her second short in 2010 entitled, The Yard Sale and has worked on several web projects and spec commercials for Nike, Stella Artois, and Converse.
Black Irish centers on Gabriel Martin–played by Leandro DiMonriva, a single father struggling to raise his only daughter in a small South Boston neighborhood. Gabriel is forced to take extreme measures as his situation becomes more desperate, hiding his true identity to try and secure a job promotion.
“Sometimes the choices we make can destroy us.”
Ultimately, the film shows the great strength and courage it takes to overcome personal obstacles. Enjoy the trailer for Black Irish below.