The Reason I Jump

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Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Acutely observed moments in the lives of each of the characters are connected by passages from Naoki’s writing, in which a young Japanese boy journeys through an epic landscape, gradually discovering what his autism means to him, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps.

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.


Filmmaker Bio

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 UNKNOWN, HEAVY LOAD and DEEP WATER.

His films have won numerous accolades including two Grierson Awards, a Sundance Special Jury Prize, an RTS Award, the IDA Pare Lorentz Award and a BAFTA nomination. 


Directed by: Jerry Rothwell
Producers: Al Morrow, Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee
Executive Producers: Stewart Le Maréchal, Jonny Persey, Peter Webber, Jody Allen, Paul G. Allen, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi, Ruth Johnston, Carole Tomko, Lizzie Francke.


2020  |  82′  |  UK / USA
World Premiere at Sundance 2020.

Audience Award Winner
– Sundance Film Festival 2020

Best Documentary [Nominee]
Best Sound
Best Music

Best Feature [Nominee]
Best Director

Best Cinematography for Ruben Woodin Dechamps [Nominee]
– Critic’s Choice

Outstanding Achievement in Music for Nainita Desai [Nominee]
– Cinema Eye Honours

Impact Award Winner
Audience Award Winner

– Vancouver International Film Festival 2020

Public Award Winner
– Festival Atmosphères 2020

Sorriso Diverso Award Winner (Best Foreign Film)
– Rome International Film Festival 2020

Segundo Premio Winner
– Seminici Valladolid: TIEMPO DE HISTORIA

Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Winner
– Denver Film Festival


“THE REASON I JUMP will change how you think, and how many films can say that?”
Screen Daily

“A work of cinematic alchemy.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“As emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold.”

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