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Free Screening of ‘Intelligent Lives’ with Filmmaker Dan Habib

April 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

What do we lose when intelligence is a number? 

“Intelligent Lives,” from award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib, 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 ongoing shameful 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.

Following the screening, filmmaker Dan Habib will take questions and lead a discussion about the theme for this event: “Intelligent Lives — Opening Doors to Inclusive Policies.”

This screening is free and open to the public, but preregistration is requested. Reserve your free ticket online through Eventbrite:

For more information, to RSVP, or to request a reasonable accommodation, call Ann Zielinski at 581.1084 or email (Kindly make any request for a reasonable accommodation before Friday, March 22. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements.)


Soderberg Auditorium
Jenness Hall, Room 116, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5737 United States


Ann Zielinski