The Reason I Jump

An immersive cinematic experience of nonspeaking autistic people across the world, The Reason I Jump is based on a book written by Naoki Higashida when he was just 13. The film follows a young Japanese boy on a journey through an epic landscape. As a maelstrom of thoughts, feelings, impulses, and memories affects his every action, he gradually discovers what his autism means to him, how his perception of the world differs from others’, and why he acts the way he does—the reason he jumps.

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Jerry Rothwell

Executive Producer:

Stewart le Marechal, Jonny Persey, Peter Webber, Jody Allen, Paul G. Allen, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi, Ruth Johnston, Carole Tomko, Lizzie Franck


Al Morrow, Stevie Lee, Jeremy Dear


Ruben Woodin Dechamps


David Charap

Sound Designer:

Nick Ryan


Nainita Desai

Additional Credits:

Based on the Book by: Naoki Higashida, Book Translators: David Mitchell, KA Yoshida


Public Film Contact:

Vesna Cudic
MetFilm Sales

Publicity Contact:

Stephanie Davidson
+1 646 861 0843

Sales Agent:

MetFilm Sales