Please Share

A long time ago I was working with an individual whose speech was highly affected by the stroke she had at birth. I remember her saying to me – through the speech processor that she used to communicate – that the most frustrating thing for her in her life was that people thought she was intellectually disabled because of her speech.

I remember that moment well, because it blew my mind open: what it might be like to be living one experience, and yet have the rest of the world placing you in another? In other words, what would it be like to think the way I do, and yet have the world believe that I don’t think the way I do, based on my verbal expression or in my expression?

fog shrouded trees

That seems to be the core message of film, The Reason I Jump – that not being able to speak does not mean that there is nothing to say. That who we think people are based on what we know about communication is just wrong. That the world and human beings are as infinitely varied and beautifully diverse as is possible – and then some.

Based on the best-selling book of the same title by Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump is a gorgeously thoughtful, deeply rich, diversely expressed exploration of neurodiversity through the lives of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world.

What I liked about The Reason I Jump:

  • The cinematography is stellar: lush, achingly gorgeous, focused and clearly, cleanly delivering its message
  • It’s respectful, curious, playful and illuminating: all rare features in films relating to disability, especially with autism.
  • It’s diverse, featuring men AND women with autism, as well as people from around the world.
  • It takes you to That Place. It makes you think of the world and people in different ways, makes you re-examine anything you might have previously thought.
the reason I jump; image of a black girl, laughing, with water

The Reason I Jump is a Must-See

This movie makes it way to my short list of “must see” films, and the original book, a must-read.

Where to watch it: Netflix right now; Disney+ is picking it up. Also available to rent/purchase on AppleTV and YouTube, among others. JustWatch has a list of where you can stream/rent/buy, linked here.

The Reason I Jump, available on Amazon (I bought a copy of the book after I watched the movie, the movie was THAT good).

a boy looks off to the side. he is asian.

Please Share

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.