Film festivals devoted to under-represented communities in cinema provide the best opportunities to see reflections of self on screen.

Now in its seventh year, the Black Star Film Festival, unspooling Aug. 2-5 at various locations in Philadelphia, offers 80 shorts, documentaries and features that depict African-American, African-diaspora and other communities.

Actor, director, author and activist George Takei is several sorts of icon rolled into one man. Along with being an avidly out proponent of LGBTQ rights, he is a vital member of the original “Star Trek” series enterprise, a social-media overlord (a Facebook force with over 10-million followers, to say nothing of an active Twitter feed) and a fighter for the rights of all immigrant cultures, as he and his family were forced into U.S.-run Japanese concentration camps during World War II. Now, he’s also an app crafter with House of Cats, a play on “House of Cards” and an augmented-reality app which gives players a role on the world’s political stage.

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