The Reason I Jump

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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




Director: 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
Producer: Al Morrow, Stevie Lee, Jeremy Dear
Cinematographer: Ruben Woodin Dechamps
Editor: David Charap
Sound Designer: Nick Ryan
Music: Nainita Desai
Additional Credits: Based on the Book by: Naoki Higashida, Book Translators: David Mitchell, KA Yoshida


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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Year: 2020
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Festival Favorites
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Runtime: 82 mins