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The Reason I Jump Rated 12A

The Reason I Jump

Dir. Jerry Rothwell. UK/USA, 2020. 1h 22m.

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, this immersive documentary explores neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from across the world. Combining Higashida’s profound descriptions of his autism, written when he was 13 years old, with portraits of five remarkable young people, it opens a window into an intense, but often joyful, sensory universe.

'Rothwell uses the language of cinema - macro lens closeups, distortion, off-kilter framing and an evocative blend of sound design and score - to convey the autistic experience of the world.’ ★★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Observer

‘Sensitively made, thought-provoking and ultimately moving, The Reason I Jump provides telling insights into the neurodiverse worldview. The result is a powerful documentary that presents life through fresh eyes.’ ★★★★ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine