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Doors open at 6 pm with light refreshments available.  All are welcome to join us for a screening of INTELLIGENT LIVES, the latest film by award-winning filmmaker and disability advocate Dan Habib. The film will start at 7 pm with a running time of  80 minutes. A panel discussion will follow with:

  • INTELLIGENT LIVES filmmaker Dan Habib
  • Kevin Lowndes – Associate Superintendent, Office of Special Education, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Sara Portman Milner, LCSW-C – Co-founder and Director of Student Services at Sunflower Bakery and Cafe Sunflower

Cost: $25 per person including refreshments from Zoes Kitchen and Sunflower Bakery. Groups of 11 or more pay $20 per ticket ($5 off per ticket). Contact to request group rate. Financial aid is also available.

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About the Film

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, 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.

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Main Street is proud to present this film to the community, as we bring awareness to meet the urgent need for disability housing and programming with affordable, community-centered spaces and opportunities that promote inclusion, independence and quality of life in the Washington metropolitan area.

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