DFT @ Home | The Reason I Jump
(USA/UK/2020—directed by Jerry Rothwell)
Based on the groundbreaking book by Naoki Higashida, written when he was just 13, this extraordinary film takes viewers on a sonic dive into the interior worlds and fascinating daily experience of the lives of five nonverbal autistic young people from around the world. Luminous and exquisitely wrought, this is a sensitive and empathic exploration of neurodiversity, offering a highly cinematic portal into a rich human experience that will be new, profound, and illuminating for many.
Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, The Reason I Jump opens a window for audiences into an intense, overwhelming, yet often joyful sensory universe. Narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps. The film distills these elements into a striking, sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say. English language closed captioning available. (82 minutes)
“This is a wondrous work that enlightens and informs and is also ravishing to behold.” -Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
“Exquisite! The Reason I Jump will change how you think.” -Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
“An inventive, sensuous documentary worthy of its source. Compassionate and creative, it will open ears and eyes in equal measure.” -Guy Lodge, Variety
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