Monday, November 19, 2018

Wednesday Night Movie: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, November 28, 7:00 PM

Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Morgan Neville (2018, 93 minutes), Wednesday, November 28, 7:00 PM, Church of the Messiah (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701), Upper Room.

By the Academy Award winning director of 20 Feet From Stardom (2014), this documentary on the life and work of Fred Rogers examines the beloved television personality as a figure of cultural, ethical, and political significance, one whose values have been influential and controversial for decades.

"Not just because he was quiet and soothing and patient, but because he was ferocious and brave and radical. [...] the easily parodied, often underestimated icon of children's television was a total badass.

"Imagine what Mister Rogers would make of where we are now. Imagine what he'd say about the thousands of children currently being separated from their parents and detained in windowless facilities, as if their youth renders their emotional duress inconsequential. The lifelong registered Republican would be howling. 'I'm very much interested in choices,' he told the Dartmouth graduating class back in 2002. 'What choices lead to ethnic cleansing? What choices lead to healing? What choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath, suicide bombings or teenagers shooting teachers? What choices encourage heroism in the midst of chaos?'" (Mary Elizabeth Williams,

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