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Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary

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.

Fusing Higashida’s revelatory insights with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people, the film opens a door to a magnificent constellation of divergent ways of experiencing reality. Impactful moments in the lives of the characters are woven together with passages from Higashida’s writing, creating a sensually rich tapestry.

Award-winning filmmaker Jerry Rothwell utilizes the potential of cinema to evoke these intense sensory worlds, illustrating Higashida’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say. With this glorious film, Rothwell speaks volumes.

A special sensory-friendly screening of this film will be held on Saturday, February 1, at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Village Cinemas. Get tickets here.

Closed captioning is available for this film.

YEAR 2020

CATEGORY World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY United Kingdom

RUN TIME 82 min

LANGUAGE English and Krio

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY MetFilm Sales

WEBSITE https://www.metfilmsales.com/

EMAIL vesna@metfilm.co.uk

PHONE +44 20 8280 9117


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Based on the Book by
Book Translators

Artist Bio

Jerry Rothwell

Jerry Rothwell’s work includes the award-winning feature documentaries How to Change the World, Sour Grapes, Town of Runners, The School in the Cloud, Donor UnknownHeavy Load, and Deep Water. His films have won numerous accolades, including two Grierson Awards, a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award, an RTS Award, an IDA Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund grant, and a BAFTA nomination.