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    "body": "<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n <div class=\"floatright\">\n </div>\n <div class=\"rgonly\">\n  <!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n  <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n   <p>\n    RGMediaType:films;\nTitle:To Be Takei;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Empowerment; Everlasting love; Injustice; Optimism – power or folly; Rights - individual or societal;\nGenre:Documentary;\nPoV:Follows actor George Takei and husband Brad Takei through their daily lives;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:Some sexual content; Some strong language;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Los Angeles, California;\nChronology:1940s to 2010s;\nFacility:Rohwer [9] - McGhee, Arkansas; Tule Lake [10] - Newell, California;\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-Films\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   Title:To Be Takei;\nDate:2014; \nGenre:Documentary;\nReleased:;\nDirector:Jennifer M. Kroot; Bill Weber;\nProducer:Gerry Kim; Mayuran Tiruchelvam;\nWriter:Jennifer M. Kroot;\nScreenplay:;\nStory:;\nBasedOn:;\nNarrator:;\nStarring:George Takei; Brad Takei; William Shatner (interviewee); Leonard Nimoy (interviewee); John Cho (interviewee); Dan Savage (interviewee); Tom Ammiano (interviewee); Daniel Inouye (interviewee); Nancy Takei (interviewee); Dan Parent (interviewee); Glenda Morris (interviewee); Jay Kuo (interviewee); Lorenzo Thione (interviewee); B.D. Wong (interviewee); Nichelle Nichols (interviewee); Will Wheaton; Telly Leung (interviewee); Lea Salonga (interviewee); Norman Mineta (interviewee); Mark Leno (interviewee); Brian Altman; Walter Koenig (interviewee); Ryan Tate (interviewee);\nMusic:Michael Hearst;\nCinematography:Chris Million;\nEditing:Bill Weber;\nStudio:Rainbow Shooting Star Pictures LLC;\nDistributor:;\nRuntime:94 minutes;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nBudget:;\nGross:;\nIMDBLink:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2174896/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2174896/\n   </a>\n   ;\nTrailerLink:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n <p>\n  Documentary film that profiles actor\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/George_Takei\" title=\"George Takei\">\n   George Takei\n  </a>\n  and his husband and manager Brad Takei, capturing both their pasts and their daily lives today.\n </p>\n <p>\n  Director Jennifer M. Kroot structures the film around glimpses of the couple's everyday life—walks through the neighborhood, going to the barbershop, appearances on the Howard Stern show, working on the\n  <i>\n   Allegiance\n  </i>\n  play, and attending various events—using references to specific aspects of their lives to delve deeper into those topics in a non-chronological fashion. These include the impact on George of growing up in an American concentration camp; each man's early recognition of same-sex attractions and their differing experiences in coming out; the impact of George's celebrity; the origins of\n  <i>\n   Allegiance\n  </i>\n  ; George's early acting career and the dilemma of the stereotypical \"Oriental\" roles of the time; on being gay and a TV star; on George's role in\n  <i>\n   Star Trek\n  </i>\n  ; George's political career; George's involvement in the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Redress_movement\" title=\"Redress movement\">\n   Redress Movement\n  </a>\n  and testimony before the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Commission_on_Wartime_Relocation_and_Internment_of_Civilians\" title=\"Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians\">\n   Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians\n  </a>\n  ; the couple's efforts to change gay marriage laws and their subsequent wedding; and George's unlikely rise as a social media star as a senior citizen.\n  <i>\n   To Be Takei\n  </i>\n  concludes with the couple attending a\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Rohwer\" title=\"Rohwer\">\n   Rohwer\n  </a>\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Camp_pilgrimages\" title=\"Camp pilgrimages\">\n   pilgrimage\n  </a>\n  and with the premiere of\n  <i>\n   Allegiance\n  </i>\n  in San Diego.\n </p>\n <p>\n  A significant amount of time is devoted to the wartime incarceration, largely through clips of George speaking about it at various events including details on the family's \"\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/No-no_boys\" title=\"No-no boys\">\n   no-no\n  </a>\n  \" status and transfer to\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Tule_Lake\" title=\"Tule Lake\">\n   Tule Lake\n  </a>\n  and the difficulties they faced in\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Return_to_West_Coast\" title=\"Return to West Coast\">\n   returning to Los Angeles\n  </a>\n  after the war. In his speeches, he links the civil liberties violations he experienced as a Japanese American to marriage equality for same sex partners. At the Rohwer pilgrimage, George talks about criticizing his father after the war for acquiescing to the roundup and the regret he subsequently felt and how he sees\n  <i>\n   Allegiance\n  </i>\n  as in part an effort to repay his debt to his parents.\n </p>\n <p>\n  <i>\n   To Be Takei\n  </i>\n  premiered in January 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival. Critical reaction to the film was largely positive. The review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes found 42 out of 46 reviews observed to be positive for a 91% Tomatometer rating.\n  <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n   <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n    [1]\n   </a>\n  </sup>\n </p>\n <div id=\"authorByline\">\n  <b>\n   Authored by\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">\n    Brian Niiya\n   </a>\n   , Densho\n  </b>\n </div>\n <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  Niiya, Brian\n </div>\n <p>\n  Might also like\n  <i>\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Yuki_Shimoda:_Asian_American_Actor_(film)\" title=\"Yuki Shimoda: Asian American Actor (film)\">\n    Yuki Shimoda: Asian American Actor\n   </a>\n  </i>\n  (1985);\n  <i>\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/The_Slanted_Screen_(film)\" title=\"The Slanted Screen (film)\">\n    The Slanted Screen\n   </a>\n  </i>\n  (2006);\n  <i>\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/You_Don%27t_Know_Jack:_The_Jack_Soo_Story_(film)\" title=\"You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story (film)\">\n    You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story\n   </a>\n  </i>\n  (2009)\n </p>\n</div>\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:3177-0!canonical and timestamp 20201114001539 and revision id 28356\n -->\n",
    "moreinfo": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n   For More Information\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Official website:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.tobetakei.com/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    http://www.tobetakei.com/\n   </a>\n   .\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
    "footnotes": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n   Footnotes\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n   <div class=\"mw-references-wrap\">\n    <ol class=\"references\">\n     <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n      <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n       <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n        ↑\n       </a>\n      </span>\n      <span class=\"reference-text\">\n       Angry Asian Man blog, Jan. 14, 2014,\n       <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://blog.angryasianman.com/2014/01/to-be-takei-to-premiere-at-2014.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n        http://blog.angryasianman.com/2014/01/to-be-takei-to-premiere-at-2014.html\n       </a>\n       ; Rotten Tomatoes,\n       <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/to_be_takei/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n        https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/to_be_takei/\n       </a>\n       , both accessed on August 17, 2016.\n      </span>\n     </li>\n    </ol>\n   </div>\n  </div>\n  <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20201114001540\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nCPU time usage: 0.085 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.102 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 419/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2899/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 10332/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 3574/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 759/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n  <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   47.438      1 -total\n 19.92%    9.448      1 Template:Databox-Films\n 18.17%    8.621      1 Template:RGDatabox-Core\n 13.67%    6.487      1 Template:Reflist\n  5.45%    2.585      1 Template:AuthorByline\n  4.65%    2.208      1 Template:Published\n  4.51%    2.137      1 Template:publish-rgonly\n-->\n </div>\n</div>"
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