By Sean Gardner
Fred Rogers had no immediate intentions of ever becoming a television personality. He was an ordained minister. But then, he saw a television for the first time. He saw that the programs meant for children were devoid of emotional depth and substance.
Won’t You be My Neighbor, is a documentary exploring Rogers’ journey from that first experience with television to becoming one of the most well known television personalities of all time.
This is one of the best films I have seen in a long time, and deserves to win the Best Documentary Oscar. It is a deeply emotional look at a regular man’s desire to treat children with respect and help them through real, difficult issues.
Rogers believed that “what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become.” He used television as a tool for propagating compassion and understanding among an often misunderstood part of society. He understood that kids emotions are just as valid and feel just as intense as adult emotions.
I love this movie and highly recommend it to anyone who has ever watched “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.” It will take you back to a time when television was more about meaningful programs rather than breeding the next batch of adult consumers.