Special Event: Film Screening of Intelligent Lives at UMass Boston

Intelligent Lives film screening

Think College and the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) are proud to be National Outreach Partners on the film project Intelligent Lives - the newest documentary from award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib, director of Including Samuel and Who Cares About Kelsey?. We are excited to be hosting a special screening of the film at University of Massachusetts Boston, free and open to the public, on June 7, 2018. The depiction of young people with intellectual disability challenging stereotypes, making their own choices, and finding success in the world is perfectly aligned with the mission of Think College and the Institute for Community Inclusion to create and support inclusive opportunities in education, work, community, and health.

Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young adults with intellectual disability – Naieer, Micah, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper puts the lives of these central characters in context 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 explores how narrow views of intelligence have led to the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities and examines how technology, peers, and other supports can enable people with intellectual disabilities to engage in competitive employment, inclusive education, and all aspects of community life.

Join us on June 7 for a reception and special screening of the film. The reception starts at 6 pm and will be attended by Executive Producer Marianne Leone Cooper (invited guest), Director Dan Habib, and the stars of the film and offers an opportunity to speak to them, as well as to learn what Think College and the ICI have to offer to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The film will be shown at 7 pm, followed by a panel discussion with the producers, cast, and director. 

The themes in this film include family dynamics, self-determination, access to higher education and meaningful work for people with intellectual disabilities, the meaning of “intelligence”, racial disparity, relationships, and more! If you are a person with a disability, this event is for you. And if you live with, work with, go to school with, love, or otherwise know a person with intellectual disability, this event is for you! ALL are welcome. 

Watch selected clips and learn more about the film here.

Register here to attend this FREE special screening of Intelligent Lives.  (Note that there is no cost to attend, but registration is required.)