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Wednesday, April 3 | 6:30 – 9:00 pm

ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents Intelligent Lives

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 US.

Join us for the closing night celebration of the 2019 festival including a special conversation and Q&A with special guests. Reception with light bites to follow.

Don't miss a screening of the documentary short Ethan, prior to Intelligent Lives!

Director: Josephine Sittenfeld
USA, 15 min, Documentary 
In English with Open Captions 

Filmed over twelve years, Ethan is a funny, poignant coming of age story of a young man with autism. As his family grapples with raising a son to adulthood, Ethan shows glimmers of hope amidst a future of uncertainty. Ethan’s story speaks to the larger issue of young people with developmental disabilities transitioning to adulthood, aging out of the public school system and its support services.

ReelAbilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expression of people with different disabilities from a variety of communities.

This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Additional funding provided by the Richard S. Morse Fund.


Cahners Theater


Recommended for: Visitors 18 years of age and older

Public Event

Separate ticket required. Cost: Free


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