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Weekend Planner: Film

When Gene Roddenberry, the creator of “Star Trek,” passed away in 1991 his son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, was 19 years old and basically in adolescent rebellion against of the widespread cultural impact of his father’s work. Not long after graduating from Hampshire College in Amherst, however, Roddenbery set out on what would become a 10-year exploration his father’s life and legacy. The result, released in 2011, is “Trek Nation,” a documentary that examines the positive impact that “Star Trek” has had on people’s lives via interviews with devoted fans, talks with cast members and crew from the various “Star Trek” TV shows and movies, use of behind-the-scenes footage and commentary from cultural critics (debuting in the late 1960s, notes one reviewer, “ ‘Star Trek’ was anti-interventionist in the middle of the Vietnam War, depicted blacks as unquestioned members of society two years after the Watts riots and posited détente at the height of the Cold War”).

Following a free screening of the film tonight at 7 in Hampshire College’s Franklin Patterson Hall, Roddenberry will be on hand to answer questions.

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