An estimated 6.5 million people in America are described as "intellectually disabled,” but a new documentary argues that's a flawed description and the way much of the world treats them is flawed as well. The film follows three such inspiring people: Naomie, a young woman trying to join the workforce; Naieer, a high school student with a passion for art; and Micah, a teaching assistant at Syracuse University. All are navigating their individual worlds and leading, as the movie's title underscores, “Intelligent Lives.”
Jim Braude was joined by Dan Habib, director and producer of the documentary at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, Chris Cooper, Oscar-winning actor, narrator and co-executive producer of the film, and his actress-wife Marianne Leone Cooper, who also serves as co-executive producer.