Special Cinema Spotlight: Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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When I think about my childhood one thing that I always think of that left a positive mark on my life were the shows I watched on the PBS station. There was no money for fancy cable and instead of going to Disney I "went to Sesame Street". My childhood had it ebbs and flows like most other people but its the bright spots that I remember so clearly. And it is in watching shows on the PBS station (which in my neighborhood was channel 13) that I discovered the world that Fred Rogers created.

Fred Rogers was a trained and ordained minister whose displeasure and disappointment in children's television would slowly lead him into creating and starring in his own show, Mister Roger's Neighborhood. He was soft spoken, gentle, and patient. When you spoke, he listened, and listened intently. He regarded children as people who will one day grow to be adults rather than referring to them as an annoyance or something that should just be spoken to and not interacted with. On his show he encouraged children to find their voice and use that voice to do good. Simple enough right?

Well although he spread kindness and positivity on his show there were many critics in the 1980's and 1990's who judged his work by saying he created a generation of snowflakes. But I always believed in his work and in his messages. We are special. We should choose to be kind. We should lead with love. Are all those easy to do? Sometimes they aren't but he encouraged us to try.

In the documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor? , you will learn more about Fred Rogers and how his show came about. You also learn more about the man and his calling and how that translated into everything he did. When we left the theater after watching this documentary I came out in tears and my heart filled with love and promise. Fred Rogers was made for this world and yet he wasn't. Almost like an imperfect angel placed in the right place at the right time to remind us kids that we are special, we are worthy of love, and our feelings have validation.

This documentary will move you and teach you and make your day a better one. It is currently streaming on Hulu.
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  1. I agree with you, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood really was a special show. I also agree it was a great documentary!

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    1. I'm so glad you watched it and enjoyed it! xox

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