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Won't You Be My Neighbor

Morgan Neville

For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television programme, 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 represented a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent approach to 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 Rogers’ legacy, focusing on his radically-kind ideas.