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Winner: Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary
Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of non and minimally verbal 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, overwhelming and 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 Higashida’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 the author’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.
“Beyond words…. THE REASON I JUMP offers fans of the book an unexpected gift: instead of a literal adaptation, Rothwell's film is a supplement, an echo, a response that enriches the experience of the original work.” —Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter “It's as emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold…. This compassionate, creative documentary will open ears and eyes in equal measure.” —Guy Lodge, Variety “THE REASON I JUMP will change how you think…. A masterclass in communication for anyone ready to listen.” —Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily