(People's World) -- A new documentary chronicling the life of activist and actor George Takei is currently screening, to the delight of his many admirers. To Be Takei, a loving tribute to the man and his passion for life, is produced and directed by Jennifer M. Kroot. The film is not exclusively designed for Trekkies, though fans should be pleased with this cinematic profile of the actor best known for his role as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series. Takei's desire to play an important character at a time when Asians were rarely featured in serious roles is reflected during his on-screen discussion. He was enthused from the very start when Trek creator Gene Roddenberry offered him a part in a science fiction series that would feature a multi-ethnic crew. This groundbreaking television show is only one facet of Takei's fascinating journey, which continues today at "warp speed."
Takei is also an important voice in the continuing struggle for gay rights and marriage equality. When former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed California's same-sex marriage bill in 2005 after it passed both houses of the state legislature, Takei came out publicly as a gay man to lend support to the cause. Same-sex marriage eventually became legal in California, and Takei has been on the front lines in this fight for equality ever since. He and his partner, Brad Altman, were married September 14, 2008, and moviegoers see footage of the happy ceremony. The intimate fabric that holds the film together is Mr. Takei and his husband. There are many personal scenes of the couple driving, chatting, and enjoying life together. The camera becomes privy to their innermost thoughts and views. The documentary has a comfortable feel to it, portraying the amiable couple in an honest, down to earth style. The relaxed pace of the movie successfully intermingles light-hearted moments with more serious subjects.