Film challenges IQ testing, limits on people with intellectual disabilities

Screening of “Intelligent Lives” at Springfield Cinema 3 Tuesday, Feb. 26

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – “Intelligent Lives,” a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib, has its Springfield premiere at the Springfield Cinemas 3, Tuesday, Feb. 26.

“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 story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

Lincoln Street Inc., Connections of Peer Support, and Green Mountain Self-Advocates host a screening of the new documentary “Intelligent Lives,” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Following the screening, people with disabilities will facilitate a post-film discussion with the audience. The screening and discussion is free and open to the public.

“People with intellectual disabilities are the most segregated of all Americans,” Habib says. “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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