intelligentlives 2mb poster finalMonadnock Developmental Services is partnering with Keene State College to bring Dan Habib and his latest film, Intelligent Lives, to the Norma J. Walker Alumni Center at Keene State College on Monday, November 19. There will be two free showings that day, at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m., to allow students, business people, professionals, working families and individuals to see this essential film about rethinking intelligence and ability. Between showings attendees will be able to discuss the film and meet Dan Habib.

Award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib created Intelligent Lives in part as 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. The film 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. Click here to see a preview of the film.

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.

This free event is sponsored by MDS, the Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions, Keene State College Department of Education, Office of Disability Services, and the Southwest Center for Educational Support, with support from the KSC chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.

The KSC Alumni Center is an accessible facility, and the film is captioned. For those who need accommodations, please contact Deb Merchant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-358-2330 by Friday, November 2.