It’s been 15 years since the legendary and inspiring man behind the screen in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Fred Rogers, passed away. And in the wake of the death of an extraordinary man, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of films and documentaries out there being made to honor Mr. Roger’s life. The first of those being made? Won’t You Be My Neighbor, a documentary film looking closely at the life of Mr. Rogers and the legacy he left behind him. The first trailer for the film, Won’t You Be My Neighbor is here, and it will remind you all about this man’s extraordinary kindness.
Now, this movie is quite different than the feature film starring Tom Hanks — that’s a semi-fictional story with dramatized events; this one has found footage from the beloved PBS show and lots and lots of interviews from those who knew Rogers best and were deeply touched by him during his life. In the trailer, Mr. Rogers is seen talking to children on his show and instilling his well-known core values of love, kindness, and compassion. “Children have very deep feelings, just the way everybody does,” Mr. Rogers says at one point. And truly, his show was an epic illustration of just how important children are, and their feelings, as well.
According to the official description of the documentary, it’s “A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.”
Clearly, Won’t You Be My Neighbor is set to become a pretty emotional and powerful documentary, and will hopefully allow Mr. Roger’s legacy to live on long past his death. Because in a world like ours, the sentiment that we are all neighbors is certainly a comforting one.