Local filmmaker showcases preview of new documentary Friday night at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Last modified: 1/29/2016 1:20:53 AM
A preview of a new documentary made by a local filmmaker will be shown at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center today at 5 p.m.

The 14-minute preview comes from the film Intelligent Lives, directed by Dan Habib, who works at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. The project explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm and how that system is slowly being broken down.

This is the first screening of the film in New Hampshire, and it comes after Habib recently received a $200,000 grant in support of the project from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.

“A lot of people don’t understand the history of people with intellectual disabilities being IQ tested and based on their IQs being put into huge institutions . . . and really being segregated throughout their whole lives,” Habib said.

The film will be screened at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire organization Advocates Building Lasting Equality, which represents those with disabilities and their families. The event is free and open to the public.

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