Seeing the Unseen

Iceland 2019, 82 mins
Directors: Bjarney Lúðvíksdóttir, Kristján Kristjánsson

Before the film, series curator Benjamin Brown will introduce the programme and a short pre-recorded interview with co-director Bjarney Lúðvíksdóttir.

The Kristy Forbes poem ‘We Are Proud Autistic Women’ is vigorously performed in the film’s opening by Kristín Vilhjálmsdóttir, one especially proud autistic woman. An unashamed celebration of the joys of autism and womanhood, the documentary also touches on darker themes such as domestic abuse and exploitation – how these women are, as one beautifully puts it, both ‘stable and instable’.

This is the third of three relaxed screenings presented in response to The Reason I Jump, programmed by independent curator, Benjamin Brown.

‘Really, our vision of the world can be incredible, just incredible …’ - Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump

Whether neuro-diverse or neurotypical, as human beings we are all born with our own unique ways of perceiving the world. However, for many on the autism spectrum, the problem comes when trying to impress that unique perspective onto others through words and gestures. Like a detuned radio, the signal is blocked, coming through only as hissing static.

Channelling several themes explored so effectively by The Reason I Jump, the season expresses the key role of the senses in our everyday lives and the transcendent power of nature to provide consolation to the inconsolable. It also conveys the vital importance of giving autistic people a say in how we are treated, and to extend us our rightful seat at society’s table.

As Naoki so poetically puts it, ‘if, by our being here, we could help the people of the world remember what truly matters for the earth, that would give us a quiet pleasure.’
Benjamin Brown, Series Curator

Directors: Bjarney Lúðvíksdóttir, Kristján Kristjánsson
In co-operation with: Icelandic Autism Society
Iceland 2019
82 mins

This screening is presented in collaboration with Citizen Autistic: The London Autism Film Club, a welcoming neuro-diverse space bringing together like-minded individuals through a shared love of cinema.

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BFI Southbank has been awarded the National Autistic Society’s Autism Friendly Award.

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The next relaxed screenings are
Tue 26 Oct 18:00 NFT3

Tue 30 Nov 18:15 NFT3

Relaxed screenings
Relaxed screenings are presented each month for those in the neuro-diverse community, their assistants and carers.

  • Customers can select their seats when they arrive in the auditorium. You may sit with your family/friendship group or there are some single seats if you prefer.
  • Please leave space between yourself and other groups and retain your selected seats for the duration of the performance if possible.
  • We expect you to wear a face covering if you are able to.
  • You are welcome to take refreshments into the auditorium but no hot food please.
  • Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening.
  • No trailers will be shown.
  • The programme will be introduced.
  • Our house lights will remain on a low level throughout the screening, and the volume will be turned slightly down.
  • You will be able to leave the auditorium and return by following a one-way system within the building.
  • You will be able to make some noise.
  • There will be a safe space for customers to use if you need to leave the auditorium.
  • Please ask us if you need help.