Won’t You Be My Neighbor

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I have found that the older I get, the more documentaries I found myself watching. There is something about watching something about different aspects of life. After watching a documentary, you feel like you have learned something, not only about what you watched but about yourself as well.

This is the latest documentary that I have watched. This is probably one of my favorites. For those of you who didn’t have the privilege to watch Mr. Rogers. This might not resonate with you as much as those of us who have watched his show in our youth. Within this documentary, you are taken through his life, the birth of the show, and what the show did for kids who watched it.

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As someone who watched this show as a kid, it brought me back to the peacefulness you felt while watching his show. I remembered sitting in the living room of my childhood house watching Mr. Rogers. Even though many things he covered on his show might have been difficult to grasp, he was able to bring it to your attention in a way you could understand.

This made me cry. It made me cry tears of joy and it made me cry tears in sadness. It made me thankful that I was one of the kids that got to enjoy his show and learn that we are loved and worthy of love. I also think now, more than ever, we need to keep Mr. Roger’s messages alive. We have become a bitter society and we have become afraid of things that are different from us. We have forgotten one of the most important messages that he taught us. To love your neighbor. To not hate. To learn from one another. To be open-minded about people’s experiences. Of all things, this made me realize that I need to move forward with Mr. Rogers messages and try and keep them in my mind. But most of all, teach them to my future children (whenever I have them). How will our world be better if I don’t try and live and express those messages he had?

Overall I can say that this, even days later, has had quite an effect on me. If that isn’t the purpose of a documentary, I don’t know what is. The interviews were great, the different scenes they used from the show were great, and the overall message was wonderful.

If you haven’t watched it yet, please take the time and do so. I promise you won’t regret it.

Have any movies you want me to review? Comment below.

-The Film Chick 😉

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