'We're all the next Mister Rogers': Morgan Neville on why we should learn from Fred Rogers' radical kindness

Filmmaker Morgan Neville discusses Won't You Be My Neighbor, his new documentary on the life and legacy of the beloved children's television icon Mister Rogers.
Fred Rogers on the set of his show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from the film, 'WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?', a Focus Features release. (Jim Judkis/Focus Features )

Since 1968, and for decades after, Fred Rogers taught children how to be kind, how to be neighbourly, and that he liked them just the way they were. Filmmaker Morgan Neville was deeply moved by those very simple principles.

Neville's new documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor looks at the life and legacy of Mister Rogers. The film just had its premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival and was shortlisted for an audience award.

Today, Neville talks to Tom Power about his documentary on the beloved children's television icon and explains how the project started because of a conversation with a world-renowned cellist.

Won't You Be My Neighbor is out across North America on Friday, June 8.

Produced by Elaine Chau

Filmmaker Morgan Neville with Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (Elaine Chau/CBC)


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