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The Reason I Jump M

Director: Jerry Rothwell
Country: UK, USA (2020)
Language: English, Krio with English subtitles

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This Sundance 2020 Audience Award winner is a revelatory, immersive adaptation of Naoki Higashida’s memoir of a neurodiverse life.

Higashida was just 13 years old when The Reason I Jump was published. A groundbreaking international bestseller, the book – whose English version was co-translated by author David Mitchell – offers unprecedented insights into the active and creative mind of someone living with non-verbal autism. In adapting it for the screen, director Jerry Rothwell (How to Change the World, MIFF 2015) has created something equally robust and innovative.

Recalling Notes on Blindness (MIFF 2016) and Unrest VR (MIFF 2017) in its sensory-led audiovisual approximation of a world that neurotypical audiences often struggle to understand, Rothwell’s film artfully weaves Higashida’s words with the stories of five other neurodiverse young people from around the world. Through exquisite cinematography and sound design, it depicts the sometimes disorienting and overwhelming but equally rich and joyful experiences of each individual’s interior life. The result is a remarkably empathetic work likely to change minds, warm hearts and inspire conversation about the autism spectrum.

“As emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold … this compassionate, creative documentary will open ears and eyes in equal measure.” – Variety

In Cinema

Sun 08 Aug 1:30 pm [19141]
Hoyts 11
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sat 14 Aug 1:30 pm [24451]
Pentridge Coburg 12
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessRS
Sun 15 Aug 1:30 pm [15511]
ACMI 2
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessRS
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Director
Jerry Rothwell
Producers
Al Morrow, Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee
Cinematographer
Ruben Woodin Dechamps
Composer
Nainita Desai
Editor
David Charap
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Madman Entertainment

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