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Directed by: Jerry Rothwell

Runtime: 82 min

Year: 2020

Rated: Not Rated

Language: English

Film Type: Documentary

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, later translated into English by author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), 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 distils 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.


Audience Award - World Cinema Documentary – 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Audience Award - Int. Documentary – 2020 Vancouver Int. Film Festival
Audience Award - Int. Documentary – Atmosphere Film Festival (France)

Tuesday, July 6 @ 7:00 PM

Limited Time Streaming

Available to view from July 6 through July 12 or until all tickets are reserved.

Capacity: 300


Restrictions: Available to viewers in the United States

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