Thu. Dec 12th, 2019

The trailer for ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ is a warm cardigan of human kindness

It might seem silly to say that a trailer could make you cry, but it did.

No doubt, the majority of Americans alive today were at some point touched by the existence of the classic PBS children’s show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. From King Friday to Fred Rogers’ comfortable cardigans, we all found something to love and to enjoy with this show.

One of the most incredible things about Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is that is felt so unassuming. Rogers was nerdy and low-key and seemingly unobtrusive. But he wasn’t; he tackled extremely touchy subjects, especially for the 1970s, like racism and segregation and divorce. These were not the usual subjects of a children’s program but he used his platform to show children, and the world, the capabilities of human kindness and empathy.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor, directed by Oscar winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) dazzled the Sundance Film Festival and will next be seen at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April. Focus Features will release the acclaimed documentary in select theaters on June 8th.

Here is the trailer.

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