For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since.
Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.
In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.
Official Trailer 2: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Official Trailer: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Fred Rogers poses with Daniel Striped Tiger.
Demonstrates the sheer power of a kind approach to important issues
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? isn’t just the best documentary of 2018 but one of the best documentaries ever made.
A balm of kindness and empathy in these troubled, divisive times
Touching and Insightful
Pulls at your heartstrings in all the right ways
Both nostalgic and immediate, it's a documentary you want to hug.
Fall in love with Fred Rogers all over again
Another impeccably executed doc by Morgan Neville.
A powerful, emotional portrait of the most genuine person to ever grace this Earth.
A touching, beautiful tribute to a True TV Icon