The movie was directed by Oscar-award winning director Morgan Neville, who is also known for 20 Feet From Stardom and Best of Enemies.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? follows Mr. Rogers’s career in public television as a figurehead for kindness, compassion, and understanding.

Not only did he fearlessly help children to deal with difficult issues, like divorce, death, and anger, but he was also a civil rights advocate. Most notably, he used his position on public television to help François Clemmons become the first African-American man to have a recurring role on a children’s television series.


In a CBS series that asks celebrities to write letters to their younger selves, Clemmons made a point to include an homage to Rogers in his letter.


“You must get to Pittsburgh,” he writes. “Because something is going to happen to you that you’ve been longing for all your life. And when you meet this man, something about him is going to draw you in a way that nobody else ever drew you and pulled you. And he’s going to love your singing. He’s going to encourage you.

“He’ll change your name and call you Officer Clemmons and anoint you in your role as a ‘helper’ on his television program, ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.’”


“Growing up,” he continues, “you have a slightly different view of what police officers represent in your community, but your heart will open when Fred explains the positive influence that you can have for young children.”


So if you’re all ready to buy your movie ticket, you can check out showtimes, release dates, and participating movie theaters on the Focus Feature website.



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