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The Reason I Jump (12A)

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Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, this film is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world.

The film blends Higashida’s revelatory descriptions of his 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.

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2021 UK Dir Jerry Rothwell 82 min

Please note: This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

 

Captioned + Content Warning subtitled screenings
– Sun 20 Jun, 3.10pm 
– Wed 23 Jun, 6.05pm 
– Thu 24 Jun, 6.05pm 

In the screenings listed above, the film is accompanied by a special subtitle stream, which will include both subtitling of dialogue, as well as warnings of potentially challenging or difficult moments within the film itself. These warnings focus on moments that could be challenging from a visual, aural, and emotional perspective and are accompanied by guidance text and symbols alerting viewers to the imminent approach of any such moments. 

 

 

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