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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

  • 2018
  • PG-13
  • 93min
  • 98%
  • 8.5 / 10

Won't You Be My Neighbor? traces Fred Rogers' life, from his initial plans to become a pastor to him finding the calling of being a children's television host. He wanted the show to be an oasis of calm in an otherwise chaotic environment. He was able to cover important subjects that no other children's television show could do at the time, such as death, self-esteem, and race relations. His show taught children to be empathetic and care for others no matter what they were like.

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Fred Rogers testified in front of the US Senate Communications Subcommittee in order to keep funding for public television, which then-President Richard Nixon had proposed cutting. A regular watcher of the show was Koko the gorilla, a gorilla who had learned sign language. When Fred Rogers met her, Koko removed Mr. Rogers' shoes, as she had seen him do countless times when watching the show. The film was released on Fred Rogers' 90th birthday and a few months after the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The original title of Won't You Be My Neighbor? was The Radical Mr. Rogers.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor? is a documentary film that was released on June 8, 2018. The film traces the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, host of the children's television show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. The film includes appearances by Fred Rogers in archival footage, Francois Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Negri, Joanne Rogers (Fred's widow), John Rogers (Fred's son), and many others. It was directed and produced by Morgan Neville. The film won many awards including several documentary directing and producing awards. It is the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all time. The film was first shown on January 19, 2018, at the Sundance Film Festival. It was then shown at several other festivals and had a limited release starting on June 15, 2018.