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 for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.
Moments in the lives of each of the characters are linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps. The film distills 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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Link to Review by: By Caroline Garrett, Service Navigator
The 2021 Netflix documentary The Reason I Jump features the perspectives of five autistic people navigating through life: Amrit, Joss, Ben, Emma, and Jestina. Based on the memoir written by Naoki Higashida, a nonspeaking autistic person, the documentary weaves quotes from Naoki’s writing with snapshots of the daily lives of the other five characters. Viewers get a glimpse into their experiences and learn about the struggles and triumphs they face - including the right to access education, experiences of prejudice from their neighbors, sensory sensitivities, friendships, and more.