Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Documentary / Biography
Rated: PG-13
Showing: January 23 & 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Run Time: 1 Hour 34 Min.

Charmingly soft-spoken and yet powerfully incisive expressing his profound ideals, Fred Rogers was a unique presence on television for generations. Through interviews of his family and colleagues, the life of this would-be pastor is explored as a man who found a more important calling to provide an oasis for children in a video sea of violent bombardment. That proved to be his landmark series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968), a show that could gently delve into important subjects no other children’s show would have dared for that time. In doing so, Rogers experienced a career where his sweet-tempered idealism charmed and influenced the world whether it be scores of children on TV or recalcitrant authorities in government. However, that beloved personality also hid Rogers’ deep self-doubts about himself and occasional misjudgments even as he proved a rock of understanding in times of tragedy for a world that did not always comprehend a man of such noble character.

Top Critics Consensus:

Soothing TV host Fred Rogers was quietly radical at shaping generations of American children. And this funny, touching and vital doc from Oscar winner Morgan Neville shows why the late Mr. Rogers remains timely and timeless. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

This beautiful film celebrates a deeply good man with a great gift for repairing. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? offers us some hope; Rog- ers’s approach, the film seems to say, can be unexpectedly powerful. – Sarah Larson, New Yorker

Starring: Fred Rogers, François Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Negri, Kailyn Davis, David Newell

Directed by: Morgan Neville

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