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The Reason I Jump at Clones Film Festival

Saturday 2 pm The Courthouse

Published in 2007, Naoki Higashida’s book The Reason I Jump gave an account of the Japanese teenager’s life as a non-verbal autistic person, as transcribed from words he pointed out on a letter board.

Director: Jerry Rothwell

Featuring: Jim Fujiwara, David Mitchell, Jordan O’Donegan

82 minutes, USA, UK, 2020, PG  

Published in 2007, Naoki Higashida’s book The Reason I Jump gave an account of the Japanese teenager’s life as a non-verbal autistic person, as transcribed from words he pointed out on a letter board. Based on the English translation of that best-seller, this award-winning documentary is not focused on the now 26-year-old man, but instead uses Higashida’s words to help immerse the viewer in the subjective experience of non-verbal autism.

Director Jerry Rothwell (Town of Runners) interweaves scenes of every-day life for five young different non-speaking autistic people with sequences where ambitious sound design and cinematography transport the viewer to experience a world without speech. The result is an engaging, compelling and insightful exploration of neurodiversity.

Winner - Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2020

Winner - Best Documentary, British Independent Film Awards 2020

“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This is a film that is all about connection. … Not only is it a mind-expanding journey that crosses unexpected borders and charts territory many will not have realised existed, it invites us to take away empathy and understanding as a beautiful souvenir.” - Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film

“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ … the main focus of the film is how it feels for the non-verbal person. … It is a must-see for anyone wishing to understand a non-verbal neurodiverse mind.” - Áine O'Connor, The Sunday Independent

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