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Sara Archer


director : Jerry Rothwell
writing : Naoki Hagoshida
producers : Stevie Lee & Jeremy Dear
assistant producer : Sara Archer
associate producer : Hugo Godwin

The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic experience of nonspeaking autistic people across the world. Based on a book written by Naoki Higashida when he was just 13. The film follows a young Japanese boy on a journey through an epic landscape. As a maelstrom of thoughts, feelings, impulses, and memories affects his every action, he gradually discovers what his autism means to him, how his perception of the world differs from others’, and why he acts the way he does—the reason he jumps.

Variety - “as emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold”

The Film Stage - “a profound and moving experience”

Festival Screenings : Sundance Film Festival Salt Lake City, SXSX Austin, Hot Docs Canada, Athens International Film Festival Greece, Vancouver International Film Festival Canada, Docville Belgium, London Film Festival UK, Brisbane International Film Festival Australia, Rome Film Festival Italy, Denver Film Festival, DocNYC New York, Istanbul Film Festival Turkey, Dublin International Film Festival Ireland

Sundance Film Festival :  WINNER World Cinema Documentary Audience Award and Sundance Special Jury Prize

Vancouver International Film Festival : WINNER Audience award International Documentary and Impact Award

Rome Film Festival : WINNER Best Foreign Film

Festival, cinema & online release (2020-21)