What makes the documentary work so well is that it tries to get an understanding of Rogers, his morality, his legacy, and his place in American history.
Fred Rogers passed away 15 years ago, but his legacy as the host and creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood continues to live on. PBS premiered its special "Mister Rogers: It's You I Like", featuring interviews with crew member Michael Keaton, Rogers' widow Joanne and cast members, earlier this month.
In the trailer that shows many behind the scenes workings, show producer Margy Whitmer commented that the show technically shouldn't have worked, but because of Rogers, it did.
Rogers wore a cardigan sweater on every episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, and all were hand-knit by his mother. "I know everyone says this, but he was radical". "I believe Mister Rogers is the kind of voice we need to hear right now", Neville said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter in November.
Fred Rogers-better known and beloved to generations of children as TV's kindly Mister Rogers- would have turned 90 today (birth date March 20, 1928).
It certainly seems that with today's current political climate and social media obsessed world, viewers are eager for a few more lovely days in the neighborhood.
"The greatest thing that we can do is to help someone know that they're loved and capable of loving", Rogers says in the trailer.
Won't You Be My Neighbor? will receive a limited release in theaters on Friday, June 8.