The Reason I Jump

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The Reason I Jump

Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening




Not Rated

About the Film:

Price: Free when you use the below code. Please note there is a limited amount of free film codes!

Kino Marquee's instructions on how to redeem the code:

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Click the blue "Redeem Pass" button
Enter the code provided: 
Code must be redeemed by 1/31/21
You will have five days to watch the film from the time you redeem
Scroll down on the page to the FAQ for instructions how to watch on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, and other devices

This is a Dialogue on Disability and Move to Include screening

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Based on the best-selling 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 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 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.

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Watch the film and then join us for a live, virtual panel discussion on Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m. on WXXI's Facebook page. You'll hear from Al Sigl Community of Agencies President Tom O'Connor and Golisano Autism Center Director Beth Ciardi, and then Evan Dawson of WXXI News' Connections will host and moderate a discussion with panelist:

Jerry Rothwell, documentary filmmaker and director of The Reason I Jump
Clara Washington, the parent of a non-speaking person
Teddy Milko, a non-speaking autistic young adult
Sarah Milko, Executive Director of AutismUp and mother of Teddy

Dialogue on Disability is a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies - in conjunction with the Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series. Dialogue on Disability is supported by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation with additional support from The Golisano Foundation. To learn more, visit:

Move to Include is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Through programming and special events, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation look to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life. To learn more, visit: