Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017

To Be Takei


Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 90 minutes

To Be Takei
To Be Takei

George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film To Be Takei. 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. Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek,Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the twenty-first century. Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits, many of which have gone viral and garnered widespread attention. Whether dishing on William Shatner or parodying the now-infamous comments made by Tim Hardaway, Takei proves time and again why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever. - Sundance Film Festival

CIFF38 Screenings

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM
This screening is on Stand By.

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM
This screening is on Stand By.

10% Cinema

Jennifer M. Kroot

Bill Weber

Gerry Kim, Mayuran Tiruchelvam

Chris Million

Bill Weber

Director Bio
Jennifer M. Kroot directed the documentary feature It Came from Kuchar, about the legendary underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar, which screened at SXSW in 2009. Kroot also wrote, directed, and starred in the gender-bending, sci-fi, narrative feature Sirens of the 23rd Century in 2003. She studied film briefly at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she now teaches.

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