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Intelligent Lives

Dir. Dan Habib USA 70 min


Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young 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. The film points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.

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