The Reason I Jump (virtual film) in Together We Rise
January 8 - January 21
Images Cinema will join in Together We Rise: Summoning a Season of Renewal, a three-week program with Williams College of virtual events celebrating the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. For more information, you can talk with the Davis Center.
In Week One: The Story of Self, Images will screen The Reason I Jump and continue showing the film through Thursday, January 21.
A non-speaking autistic Japanese boy, Naoki Higashida, has created the publishing phenomenon The Reason I Jump. Translated into English by acclaimed novelist David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), the book has become a worldwide bestseller and has been since translated into more than 30 languages, and offers remarkable insight into the thoughts and feelings of an autistic person who cannot talk; a Rosetta stone that allows us to hear Naoki’s experiences of what it’s like to be autistic.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Jerry Rothwell, this feature documentary is a cinematic translation of the experiences revealed in the book that blends the insights into autism provided by Naoki’s writing, immersing us into the lives of non-speaking autistics from around the world. It dramatically gives voices to their frustrations and challenges, and also opens a window into in their unique sensory worlds, full of intensity, richness, and beauty.
Together We Rise continues through Jan. 23:
Week one (Jan. 4 to 9) The story of self
Williamstown – Living on Mohican Homelands (virtual talk)
Week two (Jan. 11 to 16): Story of us
Images will screen Mr. SOUL! and Born to Be from Monday, January 11, to Saturday, January 16.
Week Three (Jan. 18 to 23): Story of Now
Images will screen Coded Bias
Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (virtual event)
Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. — Keynote by The Reverend K. Monet Rice-Jalloh
Jan. 20 at noon – Summoning a Season of Renewal through Accountability, with Mohammed Memfis ’21, Cailin Stollar ’21, and Afoma Maduegbuna ’21 and Reflection Space at 1 p.m.