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NHK World Documentary : What You Taught Me About My Son

20 March 2018, London

NHK World Documentary: What You Taught Me About My Son

NHK World Documentary / 50mins

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Open 18:00 | Special talk 18:30 - 19:00 | Film starts at 19:00


In 2007, an unknown Japanese youth with severe autism wrote a book of essays in Japanese entitled The Reason I Jump. Authored by Naoki Higashida, it reveals the inner heart of a person with autism and has become an international bestseller, translated into over 20 languages. This success owes much to the author David Mitchell, who has an autistic son, too. Having had experience of living in Japan, David was able to read the book in Japanese and felt that his own son was speaking to him through Naoki's words, providing insights into such behaviour as head-banging and uncontrolled utterances. He translated the essays into English to help other families around the world who are grappling with autism. In March 2014, David visited Naoki in Japan, where they had a moving encounter. This is the story of international hope engendered by interaction between a Japanese youth with autism and a famous British author.

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20 March 2018, 6.30pm
The Embassy of Japan in the UK, 101 - 104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT
The Embassy of Japan in the UK