Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
1951 Rollins College graduate Fred Rogers was an icon who believed that television could build community, instead of tearing it up or dumbing it down. For over three decades, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood helped children understand difficult and complex situations, as well as how to deal with their own feelings, through the use of puppetry and Fred Rogers’ incredibly calming voice and words of wisdom. He believed that we were all a part of a global neighborhood in which everyone should be valued for being “just the way you are”—a simple sentiment that might be considered controversial today and also proves that he may have been way ahead of his time. In this incredibly entertaining, nostalgic, and heartfelt documentary, Academy Award®–winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom, FFF 2013) pays homage to the man whose faith in children is something today’s generation could use now more than ever.
USA, 2018, 94 minutes, Rated PG-13, Directed by Morgan Neville
“Won't You Be My Neighbor? isn't just the best documentary of 2018 but one of the best documentaries ever made.”– Scott Menzel, WE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
“It will make you laugh, and it will certainly make you cry, but better yet it will make you appreciate Fred Rogers and his legacy, as well as hopefully inspiring you to be a little kinder towards the people you meet in life.”– Anthony Ray Bench, FILM THREAT
“Sweet and nuanced.”– Sara Stewart, NEW YORK POST
“Neville’s fantastic archival footage reveals the man through his work.”– Amy Nicholson, VARIETY
“It's Rogers himself who makes this movie remarkable.”– Susan G. Cole, NOW TORONTO
“Invaluable…a funny, touching and vital doc that is both timely and timeless."– Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE