Top Docs: The Reason I Jump

Monthly Film Series!

Thursday, January 07, 2021 - Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Reason I Jump

Wednesday, January 06, 2021 @ 7:00 PM 
Globe Cinema - 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

January 07-10, 2021
$13.50 General

CIFF’s Top Docs (formerly known as Doc Soup) is a monthly feature-length documentary series running January - June 2021 online and in cinema.

THE REASON I JUMP screens at Globe Cinema January 6 and online January 7-10.

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 weaves these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not speaking does not mean there is nothing to say.

Virtual Ticket: $13.50, includes tax, plus fees
In Cinema Ticket: $13.50, includes tax, plus fees

Advanced tickets for streaming are on sale now. Advanced tickets for the in cinema screening will go on sale two weeks before the scheduled event, subject to change.

In light of new province-wide COVID restrictions, we have had to cancel the in-cinema screenings for THE REASON I JUMP (January 6) and THE BIG HIT (January 20).

About Top Docs Series 2021

With a new season comes a new name...and all the docs you love so much!
With 12 great years behind us, we'd like to thank our friends at Hot Docs Festival for their partnership and inclusion in this Canada-wide program. We're headed out on our own now...with Top Docs! 

CIFF’s Top Docs (formerly known as Doc Soup) is a monthly feature-length documentary series.

Top Docs brings six of the year's most talked-about docs to local audiences. Rich with diverse perspectives and a spectrum of filmmaking styles, these documentaries will fascinate, inspire, enlighten, and entertain!

This year's Top Docs Series is going hybrid. Join us in cinema* or online with virtual streaming!
All in cinema events will take place at Globe Cinema and streaming will be offered through our Eventive platform.

*CIFF is and will continue to monitor Alberta Health Services (AHS) standards as they are updated and adjusted, and will continue to abide by the industry standards they set out for us. In the event that Provincial or Municipal restrictions do not allow for our in-cinema screenings to take place, they will not be rescheduled.

2020 Top Docs Series Dates
JANUARY: In-Cinema January 6 & Online January 7-10, THE REASON I JUMP
FEBRUARY: In-Cinema February 3 & Online February 4-7, Film Selection TBA
MARCH: In-Cinema March 3 & Online March 4-7, Film Selection TBA
APRIL: In-Cinema April 7 & Online April 8-11, Film Selection TBA
MAY: In-Cinema May 5 & Online May 6-9, Film Selection TBA
JUNE: In-Cinema June 2 & Online June 3-6, Film Selection TBA

Calgary Showtimes: The Reason I Jump >

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NOTE: The showtimes listed on come directly from the theatres' announced schedules, which are distributed to us on a weekly basis. All showtimes are subject to change without notice or recourse to