The Reason I Jump

BBFC RatingThe Reason I Jump

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DirectorJerry Rothwell
CountryUSA, UK
Running Time1HR 22MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Award-winning director Jerry Rothwell's compelling documentary is a rare cinematic and sensorial insight into the world of non-speaking autistic people.

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump blends Higashida’s revelatory descriptions of his autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people, opening a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

The film distils these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

We will be hosting a relaxed screening version of the film on Thursday 8 July at 6.15pm. For more details and to purchase tickets please go here.

"Their struggle is heroic, and this superb documentary has more heroes than any blockbuster would dare to put on the same screen." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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