Won't You Be My Neighbor?


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Apr 29, 2018 1:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, May 6, 2018 12:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Television & Popular Culture
Children & Youth
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Morgan Neville
Producer(s):Caryn Capotosto
Nicholas Ma
Executive Producer(s):David J. Cornfield
Linda A. Cornfield
David Stone
David Boies III
Rick Rosenthal
Nancy Stephens
John Boccardo
Derek Esplin
Andrea Van Beuren
Jenifer Westphal
Dan Cogan
Geralyn White Dreyfous
Regina K. Scully
Editor(s):Jeff Malmberg
Aaron Wickenden
Cinematography:Graham Willoughby
Composer:Jonathan Kirkscey


Also screening in the Big Ideas Series presented by Scotia Wealth Management

"I like you just the way you are." With this phrase, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood introduced generations of American children to a genial, soft-spoken man, who became a father figure to many thanks to his open, compassionate communication. Fred Rogers's heartfelt words of wisdom helped children deal with complex social issues including death and discrimination. Approaching challenging topics with honesty and warmth, he dedicated himself to meeting the needs of children, and fifty years later, he remains an unmatched landmark in children's television. Wonderfully illustrated with clips from the show, striking animation and interviews with many people who worked with, loved and were influenced by Fred Rogers, Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville has crafted a remarkably resonant film that's both tribute and caution. We're reminded not only of the brilliance and beauty of Mr. Rogers's legacy, but of the dangers in closing ourselves off from his message of acceptance and love. Shane Smith

Additional Information

Toronto Star - 3.5 Stars, "Sweet, affecting story."

NOW - 4 Stars, "Remarkable"

Sean Kelly on Movies - 5 Stars, "It's hard to watch this and keep your eyes dry."

Toronto Life - "Intimate and in-depth, Hot Docs' Big Ideas Series delivers enriches thinking about people trying to change the world for the better."

Exclaim! - "This film is a beacon of hope"

National Post - "From Won’t You Be My Neighbor? to Love, Gilda, the top 10 to watch at this year's Hot Docs"

CBC - "From McQueen to M.I.A. to Mister Rogers, here are the must-see arts films at Hot Docs 2018"

IDA - "20 IDA-supported Films Screening at Hot Docs"

Screen Anarchy - "Hot Docs 2018 Curtain Raiser: From M.I.A. To MeToo"

Sidewalk Hustle - "The best films to catch at Hot Docs 2018."

The Gate - "15 Must See Documentaries from the Opening Weekend of Hot Docs' 25th Landmark Year."

The Film Corner with Greg Klymkiw - 5 stars, "Beautifully crafted...what great cinema can and should do."