- Online Only
CIFF’s Top Docs (formerly known as Doc Soup) is a monthly feature-length documentary series running January - June 2021 online and in cinema.
THE REASON I JUMP screens online January 7-10.
Due to AHS regulations, the in cinema event originally scheduled for January 6 has been cancelled.
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 weaves these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not speaking does not mean there is nothing to say.
CLOSED CAPTIONING AVAILABLE
Virtual Ticket: $13.50, includes tax, plus fees
- International Documentary Assoc. Awards - Nominated - Best Documentary, Best Director
Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award - World Cinema Documentary, 2020
Vancouver Int. Film Festival (Canada), Audience Award - Int. Documentary, 2020
Atmosphere Film Festival (France), Audience Award, 2020
Rome Film Festival, Social Critic Award (Italy) - Best Foreign Film, 2020
- Jerry Rothwell
- Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee, Al Morrow
- Ruben Woodin Dechamps
- David Charap
- Nainita Desai