Intelligent Lives

USA | 2018 | 70 min | NR

Three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence.


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 United States. 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.


Director: Dan Habib
Cast: Naieer Shaheed, Naomie Monplaisir, Micah Fialka Feldman


Panel discussion with Janice Fialka and Richard Feldman, nationally recognized parents, authors and advocates from Detroit, Michigan and their son, Micah Fialka-Feldman.

Micah, one of the stars of the film, is a national change maker, self-advocate and writer. Through the film and the discussion, you will learn more about what it takes for Micah and his community to create an inclusive, meaningful life.

Book signing and sales of publications of Janice Fialka will be available. Check out Janice’s new book: What Matters: Reflections on Disability,Community and Love

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This is a free screening. Tickets must be reserved online in advance prior to entrance.