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Intelligent Lives DIGITAL RENTAL Film: Home Use Only

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This version of the film is not licensed for use in any educational, instructional or institutional use.
Dan Habib
Film Length:
70 minutes
Subtitles available in:
English, Spanish, Greek, and Russian
Optional Audio Description:
Available in English

About the Film

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 all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.

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NOTE: This version of the film is not licensed for use in any educational, instructional or institutional use.

Filmed and Directed by Dan Habib
Edited by James Rutenbeck
Story Editor: Jody Becker
Featuring Music by Matisyahu, with original score by Paul Brill
Executive Producers: Amy Brenneman, Chris Cooper, and Marianne Leone Cooper
Produced by Dan Habib and LikeRightNow Films in collaboration with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire


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