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The Reason I Jump
Winner! Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award - World Cinema Documentary, 2020
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Certified Fresh with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes!
Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.
Moments in the lives of each of the characters are linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps.
The film distills these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.
UK, USA | 2020, 82 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Jerry Rothwell
“This superb documentary has more heroes than any blockbuster would dare to put on the same screen.”– Joe Morgenstern, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"This is a wondrous work... that enlightens and informs but that is also ravishing to behold."– Leslie Felperin, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“The film weaves together the stories of five mostly nonverbal autistic teens to present a rich tapestry of the autistic experience.”– Derek Smith, SLANT MAGAZINE
“A delightfully sensory experience, with unique visual choices and an unconventional soundscape serving to accentuate the ideas at play.”– Tom Beasley, VULTURE HOUND
“A brilliant attempt to use cinema to help others experience the world in a very different way. One of the most detailed, intense, sensory experiences to be released all year.”– Liam Macleod, HEY-U-GUYS
“A profound and moving experience, one that isn't easy to forget…”– John Fink, THE FILM STAGE
“It's as emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold...”– Guy Lodge, VARIETY