Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Directed by: Morgan Neville
USA, 2018, 94m
1951 Rollins College graduate Fred Rogers was an icon who believed that television could build community, instead of tearing it up or dumbing it down. For over three decades, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood helped children understand difficult and complex situations, as well as how to deal with their own feelings, through the use of puppetry and Fred Rogers’s incredibly calming voice and words of wisdom. He believed that we were all a part of a global neighborhood in which everyone should be valued for being “just the way you are”—a simple sentiment that might be considered controversial today and also proves that he may have been way ahead of his time. In this incredibly entertaining, nostalgic, and heartfelt documentary, Academy Award®–winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom, FFF 2013) pays homage to the man whose faith in children is something today’s generation could use now more than ever.
In honor of 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and to celebrate their most famous alumnus, Rollins College presented a walking tour of Fred Rogers memorabilia unique to Rollins. The tour was so well received that a virtual tour was created on the Rollins website: Mister Rogers Rollins College Virtual Tour so that the tour can live on.