Fred Rogers was a calm, guiding influence in a sometimes cruel world, teaching generations of children that it’s okay to be just who they are through his PBS show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Now Focus Features is going to give us a deeper look at Fred Rogers in the documentary-biography, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, for which the distribution company just acquired worldwide rights.

According to Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski, documentarian Morgan Neville will peek “behind the curtain to see how Fred Rogers navigated the cultural and social issues of the second half of the twentieth century with his own brand of forward-thinking, compassionate wisdom far beyond his time.” We saw this with how he preached inclusion, sympathy, and how he let us know he likes us just they way we are, as he reminded us in this video on the one-year anniversary of 9/11.

We didn’t deserve this man, but I’m glad we had him. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? will hit June 8th, 2018.

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