“Love is at the root of everything,” says Fred Rogers in the trailer for Focus Features’ forthcoming movie Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
He is better known as Mister Rogers, from his show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the man in the zip-up sweaters made by his mother before she passed away.
A gentle soul, Mister Rogers broadcasted his warmth through his show for years. His patience and soothing voice perhaps seem incompatible with the word “radical,” but that is what he was, full of radical ideas: of love and compassion, of recognizing the deep feelings of children, and of how to present weighty issues and, in tumultuous times, contextualize harsh world events to a child in a way they would understand.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? welcomes you in to get a closer look at the heart of Mister Rogers, which he shared so freely with those who joined him in his home and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” was also the theme song of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and in the second trailer for the new film, released Thursday, Mister Rogers calls the phrase an invitation.
“It’s an invitation for somebody to be close to you. The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving,” Mister Rogers says in the full quote in the first trailer.
Continuing the legacy of the show and Mister Rogers himself, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? invites you to submit a story of a neighbor in your community making a positive difference. The winner of the Be My Neighbor Contest will win a private hometown screening of the film to share with their neighbors.
The movie will be playing in select theaters starting June 8. Find a location near you here and watch the new trailer below.