Based on the bestselling 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 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.
For the relaxed screenings on Sat 17 and Sun 18 July, the film will be accompanied by a special subtitle stream which will include subtitling of dialogue, as well as warnings of potentially challenging or difficult moments within the film itself.
These warnings will focus on moments that could be challenging from a visual, aural and emotional perspective. They will be accompanied by guidance text and symbols alerting viewers to the imminent approach of any such moments.
MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund.
Fancy a meal or drinks before your film? Book now for KILN - serving hot food until 6pm, with last bookings 5.30pm, and serving bar snacks, mezze boards, desserts and drinks until 8pm. Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here. Please read our new Visitor Guidelines before booking your event.