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The new trailer and poster dropped this week for Dan Habib’s powerful, timely documentary Intelligent Lives, tackling the label of intellectual disability and what it means to be intelligent. The film narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper opens theatrically on September 21 in NYC at the Village East Cinema with a national release to follow.

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.

Jesse, Marianne, and Chris Cooper in INTELLIGENT LIVES
Jesse, Marianne, and Chris Cooper in INTELLIGENT LIVES

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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