Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Morgan Neville. 2018, 93 mins. Morgan Neville’s inspiring documentary explores the life of the beloved children’s television leader Fred Rogers, the creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. By depicting not only Fred Rogers’s compassion and mission to revolutionize children’s programming, but also his unseen doubts and faults, the film provides a complex portrait of the man generations grew up with. Put on your comfy cardigan and sneakers and learn about the man who left a lasting legacy on children’s television. Recommended for ages 10+
“Rather than a wistful look back at the way things used to be, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? leaves viewers wrestling with our own collective conscience in the here-and-now, contemplating our own commitment to the unconditional love and acceptance that Rogers championed so passionately. As an empathic, enlightened call to arms, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? winds up being as quietly, cozily radical as its subject.” —Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
Before or after the film, drop in to the Thanksgiving Recess Family Workshops (11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.) to make your own projects and animations inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Daniel Tiger. For younger children, join us at 11:00 a.m. for screenings of The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and see how Mister Rogers’s message continues today.
Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)
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