The Reason I JumpJerry Rothwell
13-year-old Japanese teenager Naoki has a special type of autism and does not speak. He still finds a way to communicate, though. Based on his book, this surprising documentary takes you on a fascinating journey in which Naoki and five other people on the spectrum discover what autism means to them.
In his book, Naoki, a funny and charming Japanese boy with autism, gives a unique look into his world. Award-winning director Jerry Rothwell combines the insights that Naoki's book delivers with the lives and experiences of five other people with autism who cannot speak. This cinematographic translation provides an immersion in their special world, an intense sensory place with a lot of beauty. Using a question-and-answer format, the film offers remarkable insights about this specific type of autism. The Reason I Jump shows the journey of a Japanese boy and five others who slowly discover what autism means to them, how it changes their perception of the world and why he behaves the way he does: what is the reason he jumps?
This film is part of...
International competition for best documentary. The winning film is awarded the Canvas Jury Award and will be longlisted for the Academy Awards.
The screening of 29.03 will be followed by a Q&A with the director (in English)
The screening of 02.04 is screened for World Autism Day, and will be introduced by prof. Ilse Noens and followed by a short talk and reception (in Dutch)
Directed by Jerry Rothwell
2020 82 min.
Ideas Room, MetFilm, Vulcan Productions, Runaway Fridge, BFI
Ruben Woodin Dechamps