About the Film
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.
Winner of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary.
Join us for a live-streamed discussion on January 10th at 12pm MT with THE REASON I JUMP filmmaker Jerry Rothwell and subjects from the film, moderated by Katelyn Flint, reporter/anchor NBC 10 Boston and NECN. Co-presented by Understanding Our Differences.
Viewable on laptops, tablets and smartphones, and “castable” on televisions using Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast (or use a HDMI cable to connect your computer or tablet with your TV). This film is exhibited via the Kino Marquee platform. For compatibility details and troubleshooting information, please visit the Kino Marquee support site or our Virtual Cinema FAQ page.
VIEWING WINDOW: 5 days