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.



Sundance Film Festival 2020 [World Premiere] – Audience Award Winner
SXSW 2020 – Festival Favorites


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. 

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Directed by Jerry Rothwell

Produced by Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee

Produced by Al Morrow

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

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