Intelligent Lives

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From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities - Micah, Naieer, and Naomie - who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of allabilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.


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Important and inspiring.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

A powerful impetus for change that demands your attention.

Oct 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sadly, it is all told in a rather flat manner and does not dive deep enough into the personal lives of its subjects for them to feel whole.

Sep 26, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Intelligent Lives offers a compelling, unshowy account of three people with disabilities embarking on huge steps towards greater independence.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Gentle docu about people with disabilities tackling life.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A solid case for tearing down the walls created by intelligence testing supported by the uplifting stories of those whose have escaped this segregation.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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