Film Challenges the Label ‘Disabled’

Film Challenges the Label ‘Disabled’

Film Challenges the Label ‘Disabled’

The Vermont Center for independent Living and Green Mountain Self-Advocates will host two screenings of ‘Intelligent Lives,’ a
documentary by award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib, on Tuesday, February 19. Each showing at 1 and 6 p.m. will be followed by an interactive discussion facilitated by people with disabilities. Both are is free and open to the public. The film 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 United States.

“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. The event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meetinghouse at 108 School Street in Bennington. To learn more, call 802-447-7119.

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