Film Screening at Williams College Challenges the Narrative of Intellectual Disability

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 21, 2019—The Davis Center at Williams College will host a screening of the 2018 film Intelligent Lives, which redefines intelligence in America and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, as well as meaningful employment and relationships. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium. Tickets are not required. A facilitator-led discussion will follow the film.

Award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib re-envisions intellectual disability into a life of possibility, not a label of isolation. The film stars three young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer, and Naomie—who challenge perceptions of intelligence. As they navigate high school, college, and the workforce, the three young adults encounter the shame associated with intelligence testing normalized in academic and professional environments in the U.S.

This film is the fourth in the Davis Center’s monthly film series during the 2019-20 academic year that aims to broaden our understanding and deepen our appreciation of social change. Each month, the series will highlight a mainstream or independent film that speaks to issues across various dimensions of diversity, such as ideology, social identity, injustice, prejudice, and discrimination. Each film is followed by a facilitator-led discussion.


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