Run Time: 90 Minutes
TO BE TAKEI is a crowd-pleasing peek into the public and private lives of equal rights activist and gay icon George Takei and his husband, Brad.
TO BE TAKEI is a crowd-pleasing peek into the public and private lives of equal rights activist and gay icon George Takei and his husband, Brad. Over seven decades, George Takei has boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans, and hasn't shied away from sharing the details of those events in Jennifer Kroot's delightful documentary film.
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. 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 Kroot’s documentary is also a funny and moving look at how a beloved actor has taken advantage of his celebrity to fight for the liberty and love that matters to so many of us. Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, George and Brad Takei have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits that have gone viral and caught the attention of nearly everyone on the internet. Whether sharing a kitten joke or sci-fi meme, gossiping about William Shatner, or skewering homophobic public figures, George Takei constantly reminds us why he is so adored, and his public presence is so necessary in TO BE TAKEI.