Intelligent Lives serves as a catalyst to transform the label of “intellectual disability” from a life sentence of isolation to a life of possibility for a systematically segregated American population. Meet three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities, Micah, Naieer, and Naomie, who challenge perceptions as they navigate high school, college, and the work- force. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these students and shares a personal perspective through the emotional story of his son Jesse. The film confronts the shameful, ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. that commits students to a narrow and prejudiced interpretation of talent, ability, and intelligence. This film will be shown with captions turned on.
Opening Night Film
With Rogue Award honoree Chris Cooper, Marianne Leone Cooper, and Director Dan Habib in attendance