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by Jerry Rothwell


Based on the book The Reason I Jump written by Naoki Higashida a non-verbal autistic Japanese boy. Translated from Japanese in 2013 by acclaimed novelist David Mitchell, the book is now a worldwide bestseller, offering an illuminating and life-enhancing guide to Planet Autism – a planet that has very different laws from the one most inhabit. The book, written when its author was unknown and only 13, is now a bestseller in 27 languages, and has become one of the world’s most widely-read guides to Autism, offering an extraordinary passport to another world. The book's question-and-answer format gives a remarkable insight into the thoughts and feelings of an autistic person who cannot talk; a Rosetta stone that allows us to hear what it’s like to be autistic. This feature documentary is a cinematic translation of the experiences revealed in the book, weaving Naoki’s writings around stories of non-verbal autistic people across the globe, immersing us in their unique sensory worlds, full of intensity, richness, and beauty - and sometimes shadows and terror.

international title: The Reason I Jump
original title: The Reason I Jump
country: United Kingdom, United States
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Jerry Rothwell
screenplay: Naoki Higashida
cinematography by: Ruben Woodin Dechamps
film editing: David Charap
music: Nainita Desai
producer: Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee, Al Morrow
co-producer: Sam Payne
executive producer: Stewart Le Marechal, Jonny Persey, Peter Webber, Paul G. Allen, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargai, Ruth Johnston, Carole Tomko, Lizzie Francke
production: Met Film Production, The Ideas Room, Runaway Fridge Productions, Vulcan Productions (US)
backing: BFI (UK)
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