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Occurs on Saturday February 13 2021

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 22 minutes


Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage
300 University Drive
Whitehorse YT Y1A 5X9


Performance Notes

× Following Yukon Government COVID guidelines, large sections of the YAC theatre will be blocked off to ensure safe social distancing, and you are not able to select your own seating, to maximize our restricted seating capacity. Masks are mandatory for all patrons. We are also only able to provide advance ticket sales for this performance. THERE WILL BE NO WALK UP / RUSH TICKETS AVAILABLE.

If you are sick or exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. DO NOT attend the performance if you are ill.

In 2007, Naoki Higashida, a non-speaking autistic 13-year-old in Japan, released the bestselling memoir “The Reason I Jump.” Taking this ground-breaking first-person account of a child’s experience of autism as his guide, award-winning filmmaker Jerry Rothwell dramatizes Higashida’s prose via an alter ego who shares what is in his mind and insights into his behaviour.

These imaginative sequences are woven with chronicles of five other young non-verbal people with autism and their families, from India, Sierra Leone, the UK and USA. Amrit expresses her complex interior life through her drawings, while Ben is able to declare the infringement of his civil rights using an alphabet board. Taken together, these impressionistic and firsthand experiences powerfully communicate the frustrations and enormous challenges of living inside a body that cannot speak - Hot Docs

Dir. Jerry Rothwell, 2020, UK, 82min.

“It's as emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold... “ – Guy Lodge, Variety