George Takei at Somerville Theatre Next Monday, 11/3.


By / / Next Monday, November 3rd at 7pm, The Boston Asian American Film Festival will be hosting a special presentation of director Jennifer Kroot’s To Be Takei at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. The film follows fan favorite (well, at least our favorite around here) George Takei of Star Trek fame, and his husband Brad, capturing their day-to-day as they prepare for Takei’s dream project, Allegiance, a musical based on his harrowing childhood experiences inside a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Intertwined with this narrative is a look into Takei’s life history, from his rise to fame as helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the iconic ’60s sci-fi TV series to his advocacy for marriage equality and civil rights across the United States. What emerges is a portrait of an outspoken activist who utilizes wit, whimsy, grace and humor to bring attention to the sorrows of his past and the joys of love and creativity in his present (um, have you ever been to his Facebook page?) Featuring interviews with Star Trek’s William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig, plus journalist Dan Savage and radio host Howard Stern, To Be Takei shows Takei as he’s never been seen before. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with George Takei himself. Tickets can be purchased online for $25. Via