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Reason I Jump, The

English title: Reason I Jump, The
Original title: Reason I Jump, The
German title: Autismus – Freundschaft braucht keine Worte
Great Britain, USA, 2020

Director: Rothwell, Jerry
Production company: Vulcan Proc., The Ideas Room, Metfilm Prod.
Age recommendation: 14 years and up
Length: 94 min.
Film genre: Documentary

Based on the bestselling 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 descriptions of his 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, 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.

Lucas Frankfurt CFF 2021 (awarded)

Website: thereasonijumpfilm.com

Study guide: German

World sales address/es:
Met Film (GB)

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