The Reason I Jump

Dir: Jerry Rothwell
Cast: Jim Fujiwara, David Mitchell, Jordan O'Donegan
82mins   2020   USA, UK   12A   English   

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, The ReasonI Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neuro-diversity 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 into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

'Especially poignant for any parent who worries about the future of a challenging child ... beautifully blends the insights of Higashida's writing with the external-world realities of these families' - Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times