To Be Takei will screen at Chicago's Facets Aug. 29 through Sept. 4.
As Sulu on TV's Star Trek, George Takei boldly went where no man had gone before. Now he is on a new mission. Years after becoming one of the first Asian-American actors to appear on primetime television, Takei is the subject of Jennifer Kroot's documentary, which follows the actor and his husband, Brad, who are the poster couple for marriage equality, as they fight for and promote rights for everyone. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows. But To Be Takei also explores George Takei as the social media icon and after leading the starship Enterprise, he now guides over five million Facebook fans in his rally for equality. Firmly believing homosexuality to be an "orientation" ( as opposed to a "lifestyle" ) in his civil rights advocacy, Takei graces cyberspace with his quirky humor and abundance of heart, in his signature voice. To Be Takei is a funny and moving film about how a beloved actor has taken advantage of his celebrity to fight for the liberty and love that matters to so many of us. George Takei's sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continues to challenge the status quo well into the 21st century.
Directed by Jennifer Kroot, U.S.A., 2014, 90 mins.
Fri., Aug. 29 at 7 & 9 pm
Sat., Aug. 30 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
Sun., Aug. 31 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
Mon.-Thurs., Sept. 1-4 at 7 & 9 pm