Won't You Be My Neighbor?


Sequoia 1 Sat, May 5, 2018 6:00 PM
Rafael 3 Sun, May 6, 2018 2:30 PM
Film Info
Running Time:94 min.
Director:Morgan Neville
Producer:Caryn Capotosto
Morgan Neville
Nicholas Ma
Cinematographer:Graham Willoughby
Editor:Jeff Maimberg
Aaron Wickenden
Cast:Joanne Rogers
Francois Scarborough Clemmons
Yo-Yo Ma
Joe Negri
David Newell
Print Source:Focus Features
Note Writer:Joni Cooper


“Love is the root of everything: all learning, all parenting, all relationships. Love or the lack of it.” These are the wise and seemingly prescient words of Fred Rogers, the educational programming pioneer and host of public television’s, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. In a zip-up cardigan and sneakers, he became surrogate father to children through turbulent times. Many of us remember his gentle voice, puppets, and inspirational songs, but do we really remember what he so patiently edified? How, during times of segregation, he offered to share his backyard pool with the neighborhood’s local policeman, who happened to be black? When he explained not only the meaning of the word “assassination” in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy’s death, but also how to deal with grief? Speaking to children as equals on any topic in an open and unruffled manner, he was one of a kind. One can’t help wonder if our dose of daily violence might be decreased if Fred Rogers was still around liking us all, “just the way we are.”

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Additional Information

Morgan Neville is an Academy Award®-winning director known for his work on documentaries and commercials. His acclaimed film 20 Feet from Stardom won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary as well as a Grammy Award for Best Music Film. His 2015 documentary, Best of Enemies, on the debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, won an Emmy Award and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Neville has been nominated for four additional Grammys for his films: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied, Johnny Cash’s America, and last year’s The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Neville’s non-music films include The Cool School and Beauty Is Embarrassing.