“The Reason I Jump” Movie
Best Buddies is so excited to announce that we are partnering with Kino Marquee to bring you The Reason I Jump.
Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, later translated into English by author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), 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.
Not only is this a great movie to rent but a portion of the proceeds go to supporting Best Buddies Program here in New York! So make some popcorn and rent The Reason I Jump right from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Please email Newyork@bestbuddies.org with any questions.