To Be Takei (SIFF 2014)

Excellent documentary about George Takei and his passion equality for all both by learning about the past (specifically the treatment of Japanese Americans, including George’s family, during WWII), as well as by supporting current efforts to promote LGBT rights. George is charming and the interaction between him and his husband, Brad, is unfiltered beauty. Excellent film, highly recommended!

Provided Film Synopsis
As Sulu on TV’s “Star Trek,” he boldly went where no man had gone before - and now, George Takei 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, as they fight for and promote equal rights. Kroot traces Takei’s rich and complicated past, from spending time in a WWII internment camp to breaking stereotypes as one of “Star Trek”’s most beloved characters. But To Be Takai also explores George Takei as the social media icon - 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. Kroot’s documentary 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.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Jennifer Kroot
  • Cast Members:

    • Brad Takei
    • George Takei
  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Documentary