If you missed the opportunity to see the moving documentary Intelligent Lives at the 2019 Greater Farmington Film Festival (or want to see it again) there is an encore screening this Thursday evening at 6:00 pm at the Maxfield Education Center.
This presentation is sponsored by Farmington Public Schools Special Education Department, Farmington Youth Assistance, and the Farmington Area PTA Council and includes a community conversation with Janice Fialka, mother of Micah Fialka-Feldman, who is featured in the film.
This film is 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.
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.