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The Reason I Jump 12 rating

Award-winning director Jerry Rothwell's compelling documentary is a rare cinematic and sensorial insight into the world of non-speaking autistic people.

Documentary 2021 82 mins

Director: Jerry Rothwell



Based on Naoki Higashida’s ground-breaking memoir, in which a 13-year-old nonspeaking autistic boy brilliantly describes his perception of the world, The Reason I Jump offers a rich and highly relatable first-hand portrait of what autism feels like. Following five young people from around the world and using excerpts from the book as a narrative thread, it describes how distressing or intensely beautiful the world can be for someone with ASD. Employing a rich palette of colours, kinetic lights and immersive sound, Rothwell has crafted a deeply empathetic and immersive documentary. The deserving winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, it is a real eye-opener that challenges and overturns many preconceptions about autism. Please note that the filmmakers recommend this film is viewed while wearing headphones to fully engage with the immersive sound design.