The Reason I Jump

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:UK
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
People with Disabilities & Disability Issues
Health & Medicine
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jerry Rothwell
Producer(s):Al Morrow
Stevie Lee
Jeremy Dear
Editor(s):David Charap
Cinematography:Ruben Woodin Dechamps
Composer:Nainita Desai


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In 2007, Naoki Higashida, a non-speaking autistic 13-year-old in Japan, released the bestselling memoir The Reason I Jump. Taking this groundbreaking first-person account of a child’s experience of autism as his guide, award-winning filmmaker Jerry Rothwell dramatizes Higashida’s prose via an alter ego who shares what is in his mind and insights into his behaviour. These imaginative sequences are woven with chronicles of five other young non-verbal people with autism and their families, from India, Sierra Leone, the UK and USA. Amrit expresses her complex interior life through her drawings, while Ben is able to declare the infringement of his civil rights using an alphabet board. Taken together, these impressionistic and firsthand experiences powerfully communicate the frustrations and enormous challenges of living inside a body that cannot speak. Myrocia Watamaniuk

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

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