Donate

Facets

Facets Cinémathèque

Archives +

August 29–September 4, 2014

Chicago Theatrical
Premiere

To Be Takei

Film still: To Be Takei Film still: To Be Takei

"A unique blend of camp and conviction, To Be Takei deftly showcases George Takei's eclectic personality and wildly disparate achievements"
  —Variety
"An affectionate portrait... To Be Takei is never less than joyful"
  —Village Voice
3 stars½ "Buoyant, engaging"
  —Chicago Tribune
3 stars
  —RogerEbert.com
4 stars
  —TimeOut Chicago
"An endearing portrait of a long-term gay relationship"
  —Windy City Times
3 stars½ "To Be Takei is a celebration of a man of great resilience, infectious humor, a voracious appetite for the richness of the human experience"
  —Chicago Sun-Times

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, 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, color & b/w, 90 mins.

Showtimes

  • 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
Order tickets

Tickets

$9 general admission

FREE for Facets Members

The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or charles@facets.org.

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation