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Iconic children’s television host Fred Rogers died of stomach cancer in 2003, two years after the end of his 33 year run as creator and host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” an American TV series which defined the childhoods of an entire generation, teaching them about kindness, friendship and love.  In this documentary, Oscar winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) combines archival Rogers interviews and show footage with recent conversations with cast and family members to show us how this wonderfully eccentric, cardigan sweater and sneaker wearing, ordained Presbyterian minister working with sock puppet alter-egos in a simple, low budget program became such a beloved (and unlikely) icon – his radical ability to communicate with children, treat them with respect and make them feel loved. Just like Rogers himself, Neville’s loving film tribute is gentle, understated and unassuming – by its end, packing an emotional wallop that will make you appreciate (and long for) the genius of Rogers’ gift to humanity. 143

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  1. Phil McCrevis June 28, 2018

    was awesome

  2. Phil McCrevis June 28, 2018

    very nice great storyline