Documentary – Intelligent Lives (2018)

Presented by The Up Side of Downs. This film stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities: Micah, Naieer and Naomie. They challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper narrates their stories while unpacking the ongoing and shameful track record of intelligence testing in the United States. The message of the film seeks a society where those of all abilities can lead full lives through higher education, meaningful employment and fulfilling relationships. We are joined by members of The Up Side of Downs, an organization dedicated to the education and advocacy of individuals and families living with Down Syndrome. Intelligent Lives was featured at the 2018 Cleveland International Film Festival.