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Exclusive clip: “The Reason I Jump” to take on neurodiversity at Sundance ’20

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival will host the world premiere of a new documentary about the joys and challenges of living with autism. Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, ...
January 23, 2020

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival will host the world premiere of a new documentary about the joys and challenges of living with autism.

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump explores neurodiversity through the experiences of non-speaking autistic people from around the world.

Higashida wrote the book when he was just 13 years old, offering insights into autism through intimate portraits of five young people. The film expands on this, offering audiences a glimpse into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

The film is presented and produced by Vulcan Productions, the British Film Institute, the Ideas Room, MetFilm Productions and Runaway Fridge Productions.

It is directed by Jerry Rothwell and produced by Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee and Al Morrow. Executive producers are Stewart le Marechal, Jonny Persey, Peter Webber, Paul G. Allen, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi, Ruth Johnston, Carole Tomko and Lizzie Francke.

The Reason I Jump will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. MT at the Temple Theatre.

Watch an exclusive clip below:

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