Won't You Be My Neighbor

Starring: Fred Rogers, François Scarborough Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma

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.

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.

  • Director: Morgan Neville
  • Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“For the many generations that grew up with Rogers’ friendly face as their guide, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” is like peering into the past with renewed clarity and wishing his civility had caught on.”

– Indiewire