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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

A critical and commercial success in the US, this entrancing documentary focuses on Fred Rogers, the beloved children’s TV presenter who redefined entertainment for the young.

Dir Morgan Neville
Prod Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma
USA
2018
94min
UK Distribution Universal Pictures

Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was a popular and innovative US children’s TV presenter. For the 30-plus years that he hosted Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Rogers projected the image of a kindly uncle and symbol of wholesome goodness. His show not only entertained children but introduced them to a broad educational agenda, explaining in an accessible way contemporary political events and social issues, as well as complex concepts such as grief and divorce. Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) draws on extensive archive footage and contemporary interviews to create a loving, life-affirming portrait of this remarkable man. It’s a captivating story, whether you grew up with Rogers as your on-screen guardian or know little about this remarkable, generous and deeply humane individual.

Adrian Wootton

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